Working conditions, work-life conflict and wellbeing in UK prison officers: the role of affective rumination and detachment
C811 Occupational Psychology
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AbstractAlthough prison officers experience the working conditions associated with work-life conflict, little research has explored this issue. This study draws upon the work-home resources model (ten Brummelhuis & Bakker, 2012) to investigate relationships between working conditions (demands and experiences of aggression) and time-based, strain-based and behavior-based work-life conflict in UK prison officers (n = 1,682). Associations between working conditions, work-life conflict, and emotional exhaustion were also examined. Two recovery behaviors (affective rumination and detachment) were considered as potential moderators of associations between working conditions and emotional exhaustion. High levels of all work-life conflict dimensions were found which were related to working conditions and emotional exhaustion. Some evidence was found that higher rumination and lower detachment exacerbated the positive association between both job demands and aggression and emotional exhaustion. The implications of the findings for the wellbeing and professional functioning of prison officers are discussed, together with key areas for future research.
CitationKinman, G., Clements, A., Hart, J. (2016) 'Working conditions, work-life conflict and wellbeing in UK prison officers: the role of affective rumination and detachment', Criminal Justice and Behavior, 44 (2), pp.226-239.
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
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