Moderating the harmful effects of police nightshift work on work–family balance by adjusting shift autonomy.

Chau Kiu Cheung, Chi Mei Jessica Li

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Abstract

As maintaining a balance between work and family is essential,
clarifying how nightshift work impedes this balance is crucial. The clarification
concerns the mediation and moderation of the effect of nightshif t work by work
hazards and shift autonomy. This study analyzed survey data on 793 police
officers in Hong Kong, China. Results showed that the duration of nightshift
work negatively affects work–family balance. This effect partly i nvolved the
mediation of work hazards, and it was weak when the shift autonomy was high.
The lower shift autonomy of female officers during nightshift wor k than their
male counterparts was partly responsible for the former’s lower work–family
balance. These results imply the applicability of conservation of resources theory
to promote work–family balance.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)305-330
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Comparative Family Studies
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • nightshift work
  • work autonomy
  • work hazards
  • work–family balance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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