Cultivating the Research Environment to Enhance Quality of Life of Academics in an University Setting
Background: In the university, one of the most important organizational climate which affects academics’ behavior is research environment. This study aimed to examine the relationships between perceived research environment, research self-efficacy, and quality of life of academics. Method: We surveyed 100 academics from a state university in Semarang, using measures of research environment, research self-efficacy, research burn-out, and life satisfaction. We examined whether the relationships between perceived research environment and research burn-out and life satisfaction was mediated by research self-efficacy. Results: Structural equation modelling demonstrated that a good support for a model that revealed significant ways by which individual and contextual variables were associated with quality of life. The measurement model, χ 2 (108) = 204.57, p < .001, χ 2/df = 1.79, CFI = .94, RMSEA = .06 demonstrated good fit statistics, with factor loading ranging from .40 to .85 (p < .001). The hypothesized structural model also showed good fit statistics, χ 2 (153) = 270.87, p < .001, χ 2/df = 1.57, CFI = .95, RMSEA = .05. Perceived research environment was positively associated with research self-efficacy (β = .34, p < .001), research self-efficacy was associated negatively with research burn-out (β = −.33, p < .001), and research self-efficacy was associated positively with life satisfaction (β = .40, p < .001). Conclusion: The findings demonstrated that perceived research environment is an important variable that can have positive effects in developing research self-efficacy, enhancing life satisfaction, and reducing research burn-out.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Faculty of Psychology, Diponegoro University, Semarang, 50275, Indonesia
Publication date: April 1, 2017
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