Work–Family Conflicts, Stress, and Turnover Intention Among Hong Kong Police Officers Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jessica C.M. Li, Chau Kiu Cheung, Ivan Y. Sun, Yuen Kiu Cheung, Shimin Zhu

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Although work stress, turnover intention, and work–family conflicts among police officers have been extensively investigated, no studies have explored these issues simultaneously under the context of the coronavirus pandemic. Clearly, both work and family domains have been drastically affected by this global health crisis, and it is likely that each domain has a distinctive impact on work outcomes. Using survey data based on a representative random sample of 335 police officers in Hong Kong, this study examines the impacts of resource losses and gains across family and work domains on occupational stress and turnover intention amid the pandemic. A multiple regression indicates that both family-to-work and work-to-family conflicts lead to work stress and turnover intention among police officers. Among officers, supervisory support is negatively associated with turnover intention and moderates the impact of work-to-family conflicts on turnover intention. Finally, measures to mitigate work stress during public health disasters are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-29
JournalPolice Quarterly
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Aug 2021


  • coronavirus pandemic
  • police
  • turnover intention
  • work stress
  • work–family conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Law

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