“An integrated model of stress that encompasses several stress theories. According to the model, individuals seek to acquire and maintain resources, including objects (e.g., homes, clothes, food), personal characteristics (e.g., self-esteem), conditions (e.g., being married or living with someone provides social support, more financial security), and energies (e.g., time, money, and knowledge). Stress occurs when there is a loss of resources, or a threat of loss… which in turn leads to job dissatisfaction, anxiety, and thoughts about quitting one’s job.” (Thompson citing Hobfoll 1989).

As defined by Thompson citing Hobfoll in Conservation of Resources Theory, a Sloan Work-Family Encyclopedia Entry. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College. Hobfoll, S. E. (1989). Conservation of resources: A new attempt at conceptualizing stress. American Psychologist, 44, 513-524.