ISSN 0439-755X
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Acta Psychologica Sinica ›› 2021, Vol. 53 ›› Issue (10): 1146-1160.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1041.2021.01146

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Spillover effects of workplace ostracism on employee family life: The role of need for affiliation and work-home segmentation preference

DENG XinCai1, HE Shan1, LYU Ping1, ZHOU Xing2, YE YiJiao3, MENG HongLin4(), KONG Yurou2   

  1. 1School of Economics and Managemen, Guizhou Normal University, Guiyang 550001, China
    2School of Management, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005, China
    3School of Management, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
    4School of Management, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444, China
  • Received:2020-08-06 Published:2021-10-25 Online:2021-08-23
  • Contact: MENG HongLin
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(71572164);the youth fund for Humanities and Social Sciences Research of the Ministry of Education(20YJC630014);the basic scientific research business fee project of Central University(20720201060);natural science research project of Guizhou Provincial Department of Education(Qian Jiao He KY Zi [2021] 292)


Previous studies have shown that workplace ostracism harms many aspects of organizations, but little is known about the spillover effects of workplace ostracism on the outside of the organizations, especially in the family domain. Based on the conservation of resource theory, this study constructs a moderated mediation model to explore the spillover effects and specific mechanism of workplace ostracism on employee’s family depreciation and family satisfaction. The results show that: (1) workplace ostracism had a significant positive effect on family undermining and a significant negative effect on family satisfaction; (2) work stress mediated the relationship between workplace ostracism with family undermining and family satisfaction; (3) need for affiliation moderated the effect of workplace ostracism on work stress, and moderated the mediating effect between workplace ostracism and family undermining, family satisfaction; (4) work-home segmentation preference moderated the effect of work stress on family undermining and family satisfaction, and moderated the mediating effect of work stress on family undermining and family satisfaction.

Key words: workplace ostracism, family undermining, family satisfaction, need for affiliation, work-home segmentation preference