Talk by Dr. Goh Yong Wah on “The Revised Transactional Model of Work Stress and Coping: Its manifestation across countries”

Speaker: Dr. Goh Yong Wah

Title: The Revised Transactional Model of Work Stress and Coping: Its manifestation across countries.

Date: Friday 20 January, 1-2 pm 

Venue: AS4/02-08 (Psychology Department Meeting Room) 


The Revised Transactional Model of Work Stress and Coping (RTM) by Goh, Sawang and Oei (2010) outlines the etiological process of work stress. The RTM has been successfully tested in Singapore, Australia, China, and Sri Lanka. This model is currently part of a joint research project into workplace health and wellbeing across countries in Europe and East Asia. This seminar will present findings from Australia, China and Singapore samples. Our research has identified appraisal and coping processes that correspond to past empirical evidence on the preferred coping behavior and control appraisal of specific cultural orientation (i.e. Individualism and Collectivism). The implications of these findings will be discussed with focus on their impact on the design of stress management program.


Self-Bio: Dr Goh Yong Wah is an organizational psychologist trained at the University of Queensland, Australia. His Alma mater was The National University of Singapore. Presently he is a senior lecturer at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia and an organizational development consultant. Dr. Goh’s area of expertise is in work place stress and wellbeing across cultures. He has been involved in various international research collaborations and is currently the chief investigator of a multinational joint research endeavor with Hungary, China, Australia, Singapore and Japan.  He currently teaches cross cultural and indigenous psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, social processes, and provides work-integrated projects to undergraduates majoring in psychology.  Dr Goh has wide-ranging consulting experience in both private and public sectors; he was a personnel psychologist at MINDEF’s Applied Behavioral Sciences Department and now engages in various organizational training, selection and assessment projects in Singapore and Australia.

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