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Work-family interference, psychological distress, and workplace injuries

Turner, Nick, Hershcovis, M. Sandy, Reich, Tara C. and Totterdell, Peter (2014) Work-family interference, psychological distress, and workplace injuries. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 87 (4). pp. 715-732. ISSN 0963-1798

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Identification Number: 10.1111/joop.12071


We draw on conservation of resources theory (Hobfoll,) to investigate in two studies the relationship between work-family interference (i.e., work-family conflict and family-work conflict) and workplace injuries as mediated by psychological distress. In Study 1, we use split survey data from a sample of UK health care workers (N = 645) to first establish the model, and then cross-validate it, finding that work-family conflict (but not family-work conflict) was partially related to workplace injuries via psychological distress. In Study 2, we extend the model with a separate two-wave sample of manufacturing and service employees (Study 2; N = 128). We found that psychological distress fully mediated the relationship between work-family conflict and workplace injuries incurred 6 months later, controlling for prior levels of workplace injuries. The implications of making workplaces safer by enabling employees to better manage competing work and home demands are discussed.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2014 The British Psychological Society
Divisions: Management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 11:40
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2024 05:00
Funders: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Toller Family Research Fellowship

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