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Family mastery enhances work engagement in Chinese nurses : a cross-lagged analysis
Journal of Vocational Behavior
  • Changqin LU, Peking University, Beijing, China
  • Oi Ling SIU, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Weiqing CHEN, Dr. Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, PR China
  • Haijiang WANG, Peking University, Beijing, China
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Academic Press
  • Family mastery,
  • Work engagement,
  • Family-to-work enrichment,
  • Job demand,
  • Chinese nurses

Based on Greenhaus and Powell's (2006) theory of work–family enrichment and the job demands-resources (JD-R) model of work engagement (Bakker & Demerouti, 2008), this study focused on the family-to-work enrichment process by investigating the effect of family mastery on work engagement in a Chinese context. A sample of 279 Chinese female nurses completed questionnaires in a two-wave longitudinal survey. With a cross–lagged analysis, the results indicated that family mastery at Time 1 had a significant positive effect on work engagement at Time 2. Furthermore, the relationship between family mastery and work engagement was stronger in a context of high (vs. low) job demand. These findings suggested that resource generated in family could directly help people stay engaged in the workplace, particularly under stressful working conditions. Our findings have expanded the JD-R model of work engagement and bridged it with theory of work–family enrichment. Implications for theory and practices are discussed.

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This work has been supported by the RGC research grants in Licngnan University (Project No.: DR07B7 & DR09A2), and the Key Projects in the National Science & Technology Pillar Program of China (No. 2009BAI77B04).
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Lu, C., Siu, O. L., Chen Weiqing, & Wang, H. (2011). Family mastery enhances work engagement in Chinese nurses: A cross-lagged analysis. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 78(1), 100-109. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2010.07.005