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Role of Adversity Quotient (AQ) on Perceived Stress of Managers: with specific reference to AQ Dimensions

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C. S. N. Somaratne,

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture
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L. N. A. C. Jayawardena ,

Department of Agricultural Extension, Faculty of Agriculture, LK
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University of Peradeniya
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B. M. K. Perera

University of Peradeniya, LK
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Postgraduate Institute of Agriculture
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between Adversity Quotient (AQ) and levels of perceived stress of middle-level managers employed in the Sri Lankan Non-Governmental Organisational (NGO) sector. Using a questionnaire survey 223 responses were collected. The data analysis included mean difference analysis and regression analysis. Age, work experience, and academic qualifications were found to significantly influence the level of AQ. However, gender and marital status recorded no such influence on AQ. Results further revealed higher AQ levels among managers of International NGOs. In addition, the study found that dimensions of AQ predict the variance in perceived stress. Only age and marital status among demographic factors explained the variance in perceived stress. The type of NGO was not a significant determinant in explaining the level of perceived stress. Further, AQ revealed no significant moderation between demographic factors and perceived stress. These empirical evidences signify that stress models can consider addition of AQ in future research. An integrated study among NGO, private, and public sector organisations is recommended. AQ serves as an important factor in training and development, selection process, and performance management.
How to Cite: Somaratne, C.S.N., Jayawardena, L.N.A.C. and Perera, B.M.K., 2020. Role of Adversity Quotient (AQ) on Perceived Stress of Managers: with specific reference to AQ Dimensions. Kelaniya Journal of Management, 8(2), pp.40–54. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/kjm.v8i2.7603
Published on 03 Jan 2020.
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