Working mothers’ emotional exhaustion from work and care: the role of core self-evaluations, mental health, and control

Greaves, Claire E. , Parker, Stacey L., Zacher, Hannes and Jimmieson, Nerina L. (2017) Working mothers’ emotional exhaustion from work and care: the role of core self-evaluations, mental health, and control. Work and Stress, 31 2: 164-181. doi:10.1080/02678373.2017.1303760


Author Greaves, Claire E.
Parker, Stacey L.
Zacher, Hannes
Jimmieson, Nerina L.
Title Working mothers’ emotional exhaustion from work and care: the role of core self-evaluations, mental health, and control
Journal name Work and Stress   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1464-5335
0267-8373
Publication date 2017-03-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02678373.2017.1303760
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 164
End page 181
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 3202 Applied Psychology
Abstract This research examined the direct and indirect relationships between core self-evaluations (via mental health) and emotional exhaustion originating from both the work and caregiving domains. The extent to which these relationships were moderated by control over work and care also was examined. Data came from 142 employed mothers in Australia who completed surveys at three measurement points each separated by four weeks. Results showed that core self-evaluations related positively to mental health which, in turn, related negatively to emotional exhaustion originating from work, but only when work control was high. Moreover, core self-evaluations related negatively to emotional exhaustion originating from care through improvements in mental health, but care control did not moderate this relationship. Overall, these findings contribute to a better understanding of how working mothers’ personal and work resources mitigate emotional exhaustion.
Keyword Control
Core self-evaluations
Emotional exhaustion
Employed mothers
Mental health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID DE120100359
Institutional Status UQ

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