ISSN 0439-755X
CN 11-1911/B

Acta Psychologica Sinica ›› 2022, Vol. 54 ›› Issue (2): 182-191.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1041.2022.00182

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How and when does occupational stigma promote intent to leave? The mediation effect of family implicated stigma and the moderating effect of family involvement

JI Hao1, YAN Jin2(), GUO Weixiao1   

  1. 1Business School, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211, China
    2School of Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
  • Received:2020-12-20 Published:2022-02-25 Online:2021-12-24
  • Contact: YAN Jin
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China(72002111);National Natural Science Foundation of China(71572175);National Natural Science Foundation of China(72072157);MOE (Ministry of Education in China) Project of Humanities and Social Sciences(20YJC630047)


Occupational stigma exerts an important influence on employees' work attitude and behavior. Previous studies explain the role of occupational stigma from the perspective of individual occupational identity, ignoring the multiple attributes of individual identity. Based on the identity boundary theory, this study proposes that occupational stigma will influence employees' intent to leave through the mechanism of family implicated stigma. Moreover, the strength of this mechanism depends on the degree of family involvement. Through three-wave survey with a sample of 384 employees across various occupations, this study found that family involvement moderated the mediating role of family implicated stigma between occupational stigma and intent to leave. When the level of individuals' family involvement was high, this mediating effect was stronger. When the level of family involvement was low, the mediating effect was weaker. This study extends research on occupational stigma by indicating and testing the new mechanism of the effect of occupational stigma. This study also has several implications for managerial practices.

Key words: occupational stigma, family implicated stigma, family involvement, intent to leave