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Psychother Psychosom Med Psychol. 2013 Mar;63(3-4):122-8. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1333289. Epub 2013 Mar 25.

[Work engagement of hospital physicians: do social capital and personal traits matter?].

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Institut für Medizinsoziologie, Versorgungsforschung und Rehabilita-tionswissenschaft (IMVR) der Humanwissenschaftlichen Fakultät und der Medizinischen Fakultät der Universität zu Köln, Eupener Straße 129, Köln.


Work engagement has been proven to be a viable indicator of physical and mental well-being at work. Research findings have shown a link between work engagement and both individual and organizational resources. The aim of the present study is to test the hypothesized relationships between personal traits (Big-5), the quality of the social work environment (social capital) and work engagement among hospital (n=35) physicians (n=387) in North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Structural equation modeling (SEM), combining confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) and path analysis, was employed to conduct the statistical analyses. The results of the SEM indicated that social capital and neuroticism were significantly associated with work engagement. The relationship between agreeableness and work engagement was fully mediated by social capital. Findings suggest that social capital plays a key role in promoting work engagement of physicians.

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