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Measurement development and validation of the Family Supportive Supervisor Behavior Short-Form (FSSB-SF).

Hammer LB; Kossek EE; Bodner T; Crain T
J Occup Health Psychol 2013 Jul; 18(3):285-296
Recently, scholars have demonstrated the importance of Family Supportive Supervisor Behaviors (FSSB), defined as behaviors exhibited by supervisors that are supportive of employees' family roles, in relation to health, well-being, and organizational outcomes. FSSB was originally conceptualized as a multidimensional, superordinate construct with four subordinate dimensions assessed with 14 items: emotional support, instrumental support, role modeling behaviors, and creative work-family management. Retaining one item from each dimension, two studies were conducted to support the development and use of a new FSSB-Short Form (FSSB-SF). Study 1 draws on the original data from the FSSB validation study of retail employees to determine whether the results using the 14-item measure replicate with the shorter 4-item measure. Using data from a sample of 823 information technology professionals and their 219 supervisors, Study 2 extends the validation of the FSSB-SF to a new sample of professional workers and new outcome variables. Results from multilevel confirmatory factor analyses and multilevel regression analyses provide evidence of construct and criterion-related validity of the FSSB-SF, as it was significantly related to work-family conflict, job satisfaction, turnover intentions, control over work hours, obligation to work when sick, perceived stress, and reports of family time adequacy. We argue that it is important to develop parsimonious measures of work-family specific support to ensure supervisor support for work and family is mainstreamed into organizational research and practice.
Supervisory-personnel; Management-personnel; Behavior; Behavior-patterns; Attitude; Mental-processes; Humans; Families; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-practices; Worker-health; Worker-motivation; Mental-health; Emotional-stress; Analytical-models; Psychological-factors; Professional-workers; Job-analysis; Job-stress; Author Keywords: FSSB; supervisor support; measurement development; work-family
Leslie B. Hammer, Department of Psychology, Portland State University, 1721 SW Broadway St., Portland, OR 97207
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Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U01-OH-008788; Grant-Number-T01-OH-008435
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Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
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Portland State University
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