Job insecurity, its consequences and social support
2009 (English)In: Abstracts, 2009, 25-25 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
A lot of change and restructuring processes have been introduced to the labour market in the last decades. This contributes to feelings of job insecurity, where individuals as well as the companies are affected negatively. However, not much is known about the relation between job insecurity and the family domain.
This study fills several current research gaps. We investigate how social support may help employees deal with their fear of losing their job, but we also study the relation between job insecurity and work-family conflict. A complex model is tested, of whether the negative effect of job insecurity on mental well-being is mediated by work-family conflict. As social support is an important factor for both workplace and family, it is tested as a moderator. In order to take gender into account, the model is tested separately for men and women.
A sample of 508 Swedish teachers was used. This questionnaire data was collected in 2004, where employees reported their experience of job insecurity, work-family conflict, mental problems as well as social support.
An important result is that there was a gender difference in the relation between job insecurity and work-family conflict, which was only observed among men. Other results will be discussed in more detail.
Our results imply that further research is needed with regard to job insecurity and gender. Additionally, other buffers than social support should be considered in future studies to help find strategies to reduce strain among employees.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. 25-25 p.
job insecurity, social support
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-34979OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-34979DiVA: diva2:286045
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