Family mastery enhances work engagement in Chinese nurses : a cross-lagged analysis

Changqin LU, Oi Ling SIU, Weiqing CHEN, Haijiang WANG

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Based on Greenhaus and Powell's (2006) theory of work–family enrichment and the job demands-resources (JD-R) model of work engagement (Bakker and 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-109
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number1
Early online date27 Jul 2010
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011


  • Family mastery
  • Work engagement
  • Family-to-work enrichment
  • Job demand
  • Chinese nurses


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