Eldercare demands, mental health, and work performance : the moderating role of satisfaction with eldercare tasks

Zacher, Hannes, Jimmieson, Nerina L., & Winter, Gabriele (2012) Eldercare demands, mental health, and work performance : the moderating role of satisfaction with eldercare tasks. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 17(1), pp. 52-64.

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Due to demographic changes, a growing number of employees provide in-home care to an elderly family member. Previous research suggested a negative relationship between employees' eldercare demands and their work performance. However, the empirical nature of this relationship and its boundary conditions and mediating mechanisms have been neglected. The goal of this multisource study was to examine a mediated-moderation model of eldercare demands, mental health, and work performance. Drawing on the theory of conservation of resources (Hobfoll, 1989), it was expected that employees' satisfaction with eldercare tasks would buffer the negative relationship between eldercare demands and work performance, and that mental health would mediate this moderating effect. Data were collected from 165 employees providing in-home eldercare, as well as from one colleague and one family member of each employee. Results of mediated-moderation analyses supported the hypothesized model. The findings suggest that interventions that aim to increase employees' satisfaction with eldercare tasks may help protect employees from the negative effects of high eldercare demands on mental health and, subsequently, on work performance.

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ID Code: 71591
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This article was published Online First October 3, 2011
Keywords: Eldercare, Demands, Conservation of resources, Mental health
DOI: 10.1037/a0025154
ISSN: 1076-8998
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 American Psychological Association
Deposited On: 14 May 2014 23:54
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2016 01:30

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