The moderating role of overcommitment in the relationship between psychological contract breach and employee mental health

Reimann M (2016)
JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH 58(4-5): 425-433.

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Objectives: This study investigated whether the association between perceived psychological contract breach (PCB) and employee mental health is moderated by the cognitive-motivational pattern of overcommitment (OC). Linking the psychological contract approach to the effort-reward imbalance model, this study examines PCB as an imbalance in employment relationships that acts as a psychosocial stressor in the work environment and is associated with stress reactions that in turn negatively affect mental health. Methods: The analyses were based on a sample of 3,667 employees who participated in a longitudinal linked employer employee survey representative of large organizations (with at least 500 employees who are subject so social security contributions) in Germany. Fixed-effects regression models, including PCB and OC, were estimated for employee mental health, and interaction effects between PCB and OC were assessed. Results: The multivariate fixed-effects regression analyses showed a significant negative association between PCB and employee mental health. The results also confirmed that OC does indeed significantly increase the negative effect of PCB on mental health and that OC itself has a significant and negative effect on mental health. Conclusions: The results suggest that employees characterized by the cognitive-motivational pattern of OC are at an increased risk of developing poor mental health if they experience PCB compared with employees who are not overly committed to their work. The results of this study support the assumption that psychosocial work stressors play an important role in employee mental health.
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Reimann M. The moderating role of overcommitment in the relationship between psychological contract breach and employee mental health. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH. 2016;58(4-5):425-433.
Reimann, M. (2016). The moderating role of overcommitment in the relationship between psychological contract breach and employee mental health. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, 58(4-5), 425-433. doi:10.1539/joh.16-0032-OA
Reimann, M. (2016). The moderating role of overcommitment in the relationship between psychological contract breach and employee mental health. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH 58, 425-433.
Reimann, M., 2016. The moderating role of overcommitment in the relationship between psychological contract breach and employee mental health. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, 58(4-5), p 425-433.
M. Reimann, “The moderating role of overcommitment in the relationship between psychological contract breach and employee mental health”, JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH, vol. 58, 2016, pp. 425-433.
Reimann, M.: The moderating role of overcommitment in the relationship between psychological contract breach and employee mental health. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH. 58, 425-433 (2016).
Reimann, Mareike. “The moderating role of overcommitment in the relationship between psychological contract breach and employee mental health”. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH 58.4-5 (2016): 425-433.
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