Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (Grant # U01HD051217, U01HD051218, U01HD051256, U01HD051276), National Institute on Aging (Grant # U01AG027669), Office of Behavioral and Science Sciences Research, and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Grant # U01OH008788, U01HD059773). Grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (R01HL107240), Faviola Robles-Saenz’s role in this research was supported by the Colorado State University College of Natural Sciences Faculty Support Grant. Rebecca Brossoit and Jacqueline R. Wong’s roles in this research were supported by the Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center, Grant T42OH009229, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Portions of this research were also supported by the Grant #2 T03OH008435-16-00 awarded to Portland State University, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Occupational Health Science
Immigrant Workers -- United States -- Resources, Immigrants -- United States -- Social conditions
Very few studies to date have examined immigrant workers’ (i.e., workers who were not born in the United States) experiences of the work-family interface. In a sample of healthcare workers across two time points, the present study evaluates the role of different family-specific resources for immigrant workers compared to native-born workers (i.e., workers born in the U.S.). The results suggest that family-specific support from coworkers is especially beneficial for reducing immigrant workers’ experiences of family-to-work conflict. For both native-born and immigrant workers, those who experience more family-specific support from supervisors and coworkers, and those who work in an organization that does not expect workers to sacrifice their family or personal life for work (i.e., has perceptions of a positive organizational work-family climate), have lower work-to-family conflict and lower family-to-work conflict. Thus, family-specific support from coworkers, supervisors, and the organization have beneficial effects for workers, with coworker support being especially helpful for immigrant workers, which provides important insights for future work-family research and practice with increasingly diverse workforces.
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Published as: Robles-Saenz, F., Brossoit, R. M., Crain, T. L., Hammer, L. B., & Wong, J. R. (2021). Understanding the Role of Family-Specific Resources for Immigrant Workers. Occupational Health Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41542-021-00099-0
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