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Sabbatical leave: who gains and how much?

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  • Oranit B. Davidson
  • Dov Eden
  • Mina Westman
  • Yochi Cohen-charash
  • Leslie B. Hammer
  • Avraham N. Kluger
  • Moshe Krausz
  • Christina Maslach
  • Michael O'Driscoll
  • Pamela L. Perrewé
  • James Campbell Quick
  • Zehava Rosenblatt
  • Paul E. Spector
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>09/2010
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Applied Psychology
Issue number5
Number of pages12
Pages (from-to)953-964
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.