“Effects of Parent's Job Insecurity on Children's Work Beliefs and Attitudes.”

School of Business, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Journal of Applied Psychology (Impact Factor: 4.31). 03/1998; 83(1):112-8. DOI: 10.1037//0021-9010.83.1.112
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The authors hypothesized that children's perceptions of their parents' job insecurity mediate the effects of parental job insecurity and layoffs on children's work beliefs and work attitudes. Male and female undergraduate students (N = 134; M age = 18.9 years), as well as their mothers (M age = 47.0 years) and fathers (M age = 49.1 years), participated voluntarily. With structural equation modeling as implemented by LISREL VIII, support for the proposed model was obtained, whereas no support was obtained for a competing model. Moreover, identification with fathers moderated the influence of perceived paternal job insecurity on children's humanistic work beliefs, but no comparable effect emerged for mothers.

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    • "Since job insecurity indirectly poses a threat to the employee's economic welfare, and decreases the interpersonal availability as well as the effective participation in family life (Voydanoff, 2004), it can interfere with a healthy family life. It can affect the partner (Wilson et al., 1993), the children (Barling et al., 1998) and result in an imbalance between work and family (see Kinnunen and Mauno, 1998). It is important to investigate the underlying mechanisms between job insecurity and work–family conflict in order to more effectively identify groups that might be more vulnerable to experience work–family conflict due to perceptions of job insecurity. "
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