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    Coping with dirty work: A meta-synthesis from a resource perspective

    Soral, Prakriti and Pati, Surya Prakash and Singh, Sanjay Kumar and Cooke, Fang Lee (2022) Coping with dirty work: A meta-synthesis from a resource perspective. Human Resource Management Review, 32 (100861). pp. 1-21. ISSN 10534822

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    There is now a substantial body of literature on the coping strategies used by workers employed in stigmatized dirty work. However, there is insufficient knowledge about what resources they use while employing these strategies, what factors impact resource availability and utilization for coping, and how the utilization of resources leads to differential coping. Our study fills these gaps. First, using meta-synthesis of 39 qualitative studies, we consolidate the resources these workers use to cope into six categories. Second, the study discusses what factors impact resource availability and utilization by proposing the role of occupational prestige as a determining factor. Third, borrowing from conservation of resources theory and self-affirmation theory, this study proposes resources as facilitators of self-affirmations leading to differential coping. Finally, we propose a conceptual framework along with propositions depicting how dissonance, caused by inconsistency in self-integrity, leads to the use of various resources for differential coping.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Dirty work; Coping resources; Occupational prestige; Conservation of resources theory; Self-affirmation theory;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 18487
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    Depositing User: Sanjay Singh
    Date Deposited: 08 May 2024 13:47
    Journal or Publication Title: Human Resource Management Review
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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