The Relationship Between Organizational Family Support and Burnout Among Women in the Healthcare Industry: Core Self-Evaluation as Moderator

  • Peng WangEmail author
  • Teresa A. Wagner
  • Scott L. Boyar
  • Steven A. Corman
  • Ronald B. McKinley
Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)


Using a sample of 364 female nurses, we examined relationships among emotional organizational family support, instrumental organizational family support, core self-evaluations (CSE), and burnout. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that organizational family support (both emotional and instrumental support) and CSE were each negatively associated with nurses’ burnout. We also found that CSE moderated both emotional organizational family support – burnout relationship and instrumental organizational family support – burnout relationship, but with different patterns. Specifically, nurses with higher CSE experienced less burnout than those with lower CSE when organization provided more instrumental family support. On the other hand, nurses with lower CSE experienced less burnout than those with higher CSE when more emotional organizational family support was provided. Implications for practice and theory are discussed.


Core self-evaluation Emotional organizational family support Instrumental organizational family support Burnout 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peng Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Teresa A. Wagner
    • 2
  • Scott L. Boyar
    • 3
  • Steven A. Corman
    • 4
  • Ronald B. McKinley
    • 5
  1. 1.Farmer School of BusinessMiami UniversityOxfordUSA
  2. 2.Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  3. 3.Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods, School of BusinessUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA
  4. 4.Private Bank Strategy for KeyBankClevelandUSA
  5. 5.Human ResourcesTexas Children’s HospitalHoustonUSA

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