Effects of the Interaction Between Reaction Component of Personal Need for Structure and Role Perceptions on Employee Attitudes in Long-Term Care for Elderly People

T. Heponiemi, M. Elovainio, Anne Kouvonen, L. Pekkarinen, A. Noro, H. Finne-Soveri, T. Sinervo

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    Abstract

    This study examined the interaction of reaction component of personal need for structure (reaction to lack of structure, RLS) and role perceptions in predicting job satisfaction, job involvement, affective commitment, and occupational identity among employees working in long-term care for elderly people. High-RLS employees experienced more role conflict, had less job satisfaction, and experienced lower levels of occupational identity than did low-RLS employees. We found individual differences in how problems in roles affected employees' job attitudes. High-RLS employees experienced lower levels of job satisfaction, job involvement, and affective commitment, irrespective of role-conflict levels. Low-RLS employees experienced detrimental job attitudes only if role-conflict levels were high. Our results suggest that high-RLS people benefit less from low levels of experienced role conflicts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2924-2953
    Number of pages30
    JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
    Volume38
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology

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