Sources of stress and the coping mechanism for Malaysian entrepreneurs.


Syed Zamberi Ahmad* and Farah Akmar Anor Salim

The purpose of this paper is to present the findings on the stress factors and the coping mechanism of the Malaysian entrepreneur’s. Data were collected via a questionnaire distributed amongst the entrepreneurs over the Klang Valley, Malaysia. A total of 118 out of 300 entrepreneurs completed questionnaires, which represented all business sectors with varieties demographic background. The results factor analysis with a variamax rotation are conducted on the actual performance to generate the underlying dimensions of the stress experience by Malaysian entrepreneurs. Additionally, bivariate analysis revealed significant differences in terms of sources and coping instruments of stress. Multiple regression analysis provided evidence that the affected and influential issues of stress factors as well as the coping mechanism. This current study contributes to the body of research by investigating the combined effects of stress factors and its coping mechanism, using one instrument, in one area setting. Recommendations for future research at the theoretical and practical level are given.

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