This weekly diary study (N 185 persons, n 443 occasions) investigates how major life events influence weekly resource use, work engagement, and job performance. On the basis of the work– home resources model, we propose that weekly rumination undermines effective use of personal resources (i.e., self-efficacy), whereas weekly psychological detachment from the major life events facilitates effective use. In addition, we hypothesize that work role centrality acts as a key resource, and amplifies the two-way interaction effects. Results of multilevel analyses were generally in line with predictions, and support the work– home resources model. The findings suggest that detachment may effectively prevent negative spillover from home to work.

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International Journal of Stress Management
Department of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Bakker, A., Du, D, & Derks-Theunissen, D. (2018). Major life events in family life, work engagement, and performance: A test of the work-home resources model. International Journal of Stress Management, 26, 238–249. Retrieved from