Joint effects of prior start-up experience and coping strategies on entrepreneurs’ psychological well-being
Uy, Marilyn A.
Date of Issue2012
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)
Drawing on theories from the coping and entrepreneurship literatures, we investigated the relationship between the entrepreneurs’ active and avoidance coping on psychological wellbeing (PWB) and the moderating role of prior start-up experience on this relationship. Data from 156 entrepreneurs indicate that the use of avoidance coping positively predicted immediate PWB for entrepreneurs with more start-up experience. Notably, this relationship was negative for entrepreneurs with less start-up experience. We also found that over the extended period, entrepreneurs who used avoidance coping had improved PWB only if they also used active coping. Theoretical and practical contributions to the entrepreneurship and coping research are discussed.
Journal of business venturing
© 2012 Elsevier Inc. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of business venturing, Elsevier Inc. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2012.04.003].