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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182554af4
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Manager Support for Work-Family Issues and its Impact on Employee-Reported Pain in the Extended Care Setting

O'Donnell, Emily M. MS; Berkman, Lisa F. PhD; Subramanian, S.V. PhD

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Objective: Supervisor-level policies and the presence of a manager engaged in an employee's need to achieve work-family balance, or “supervisory support,” may benefit employee health, including self-reported pain.

Methods: We conducted a census of employees at four selected extended care facilities in the Boston metropolitan region (n = 368). Supervisory support was assessed through interviews with managers and pain was reported by employees.

Results: Our multilevel logistic models indicate that employees with managers who report the lowest levels of support for work-family balance experience twice as much overall pain as employees with managers who report high levels of support.

Conclusions: Low supervisory support for work-family balance is associated with an increased prevalence of employee-reported pain in extended care facilities. We recommend that manager-level policies and practices receive additional attention as a potential risk factor for poor health in this setting.

©2012The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine


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