Work-family interference as a mediator between job demands and job burnout among doctors

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Abstract

There is an increasing realization that the connections between work and family life are of critical importance in contemporary society. The present study examined the relationship between job demands and burnout, and the mediational role of work-family interference (WFI) in a sample of Greek doctors (N = 162). The main findings are: (1) emotional job demands were found to be a strong independent predictor of both emotional exhaustion and depersonalization; (2) quantitative job demands were found to predict emotional exhaustion; (3) WFI was found to partially mediate the relationship between both quantitative/emotional job demands and emotional exhaustion; (4) additionally, WFI partially mediated the relationship between emotional job demands and depersonalization. The results and limitations are discussed with reference to the medical profession.

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