Spiritual resources in the job demands-resources model

Grant R. Bickerton, Maureen H. Miner, Martin Dowson, Barbara Griffin

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    The present study investigates the role of spiritual resources in the motivational and health impairment processes of the job demands-resources model. Spiritual resources are operationalized as a distinct category of personal resources. Results of item-level structural equation modeling on data from 835 Australian religious workers support the hypotheses that spiritual resources promote work engagement and lower exhaustion, which in turn fully mediate the influence of spiritual resources on reduced turnover intentions and emotional ill health. However, spiritual resources were not found to moderate the relationship between job demands and exhaustion. Cross-validation of the measurement model and structural relationships were assessed using a split-half technique. Limitations, future directions, and practical implications for improving the well-being of religious workers are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)245-268
    Number of pages24
    JournalJournal of Management, Spirituality and Religion
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2014


    • exhaustion
    • job demands-resources model
    • religious workers
    • spiritual resources
    • work engagement

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