Do the opportunities for learning and personal development lead to happiness? It depends on work-family conciliation

Arménio Rego, Miguel Pina e Cunha

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Abstract

The study shows how the perceptions of opportunities for learning and personal development predict five dimensions of affective well-being (AWB: pleasure, comfort, placidity, enthusiasm, and vigor), and how this relationship is moderated by the perceptions of work-family conciliation. A sample comprising 404 individuals was collected. The findings show the following: (I) both the perceptions of opportunities for learning and personal development and perceptions of work-family conciliation predict AWB, the happier individuals being those who have high perceptions on both variables; (2) both variables interact in predicting AWB, in such a way that perceptions of high opportunities for learning and personal development may not lead to higher AWB if work-family conciliation is low. Post hoc analysis also suggests that the relationship between the perceptions of opportunities for learning and personal development and AWB tends to be nonlinear for individuals with perceptions of low work-family conciliation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-348
JournalJournal Of Occupational Health Psychology
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2009

Keywords

  • opportunities for learning and personal development
  • work-family conciliation
  • happiness
  • affective well-being
  • nonlinear relationships

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