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Curvilinear relationships between the job demands-resources (JD-R) model, and work engagement : a police service case study

Sawang, Sukanlaya, Brough, Paula, & Barbour, Jennifer (2009) Curvilinear relationships between the job demands-resources (JD-R) model, and work engagement : a police service case study. In Langford, Peter, Reynolds, Nicholas, & Kehoe, James (Eds.) 8th Industrial & Organisational Psychology Conference (IOP), 25 – 28 June, 2009, Sydney, Australia.

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Abstract

The current study aims to investigate the non-linear relationship between the JD-R model and work engagement. Previous research has identified linear relationships between these constructs; however there are strong theoretical arguments for testing curvilinear relationships (e.g., Warr, 1987). Data were collected via a self-report online survey from officers of one Australian police service (N = 2,626). Results demonstrated a curvilinear relationship between job demands and job resources and engagement. Gender (as a control variable) was also found to be a significant predictor of work engagement. The results indicated that male police officers experienced significantly higher job demands and colleague support than female officers. However, female police officers reported significantly higher levels of work engagement than male officers. This study emphasises the need to test curvilinear relationships, as well as simple linear associations, when measuring psychological health.

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ID Code: 27763
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: The conference proceedings can be freely downloaded from the publisher's website - see Official URL above.
Keywords: Job Demands-Resources Model, JD-R, Work Engagement, Police Service
ISBN: 978-0-909881-39-9
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: © Australian Psychological Society 2009.
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in Conference Proceedings of the 8th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference.
Deposited On: 05 Oct 2009 15:20
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 23:23

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