Stress, social status, and hierarchy stability

A study that randomly assigned 118 people, on average 20 years of age, to high-status or low-status positions in stable or unstable hierarchies prior to a stressful mock job interview found that in stable hierarchies high-status individuals experienced lower stress responses and improved interview performances than low-status individuals, but that in unstable hierarchies high-status individuals experienced higher stress levels and similar interview performances compared with low-status individuals, suggesting that high status offers benefits for stress reduction and improved performance only under stable social conditions. - Read at

Article #16-09811: “Hierarchy stability moderates the effect of status on stress and performance in humans,” by Erik L. Knight and Pranjal H. Mehta.