Sabbatical leave : who gains and how much?

Davidson, Oranit B. and Eden, Dov and Westman, Mina and Cohen-charash, Yochi and Hammer, Leslie B. and Kluger, Avraham N. and Krausz, Moshe and Maslach, Christina and O'Driscoll, Michael and Perrewé, Pamela L. and Quick, James Campbell and Rosenblatt, Zehava and Spector, Paul E. (2010) Sabbatical leave : who gains and how much? Journal of Applied Psychology, 95 (5). pp. 953-964. ISSN 0021-9010

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A rigorous quasi-experiment tested the ameliorative effects of a sabbatical leave, a special case of respite from routine work. We hypothesized that (a) respite increases resource level and well-being and (b) individual differences and respite features moderate respite effects. A sample of 129 faculty members on sabbatical and 129 matched controls completed measures of resource gain, resource loss, and well-being before, during, and after the sabbatical. Among the sabbatees, resource loss declined and resource gain and well-being rose during the sabbatical. The comparison group showed no change. Moderation analysis revealed that those who reported higher respite self-efficacy and greater control, were more detached, had a more positive sabbatical experience, and spent their sabbatical outside their home country enjoyed more enhanced well-being than others.

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Journal of Applied Psychology
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