The effects of diversity climate on the work attitudes of refugee employees: The mediating role of psychological capital and moderating role of ethnic identity

Alexander Newman, Ingrid Nielsen, Russell Smyth, Giles Hirst, Susan Kennedy

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This article examines the psychological processes through which diversity climate influences the work attitudes of refugee employees in Australia, and the conditional effects of ethnic identity on the relationship between diversity climate and work attitudes. Drawing on survey data from 135 refugees in employment in Australia, diversity climate was found to positively influence the affective organizational commitment of refugee employees through enhancing their psychological capital. The influence of diversity climate on both affective organizational commitment and turnover intentions through psychological capital was also found to be stronger when employees identify more with their ethnic group (ethnic identity). These findings are consistent with the predictions of conservation of resources theory (COR) and rejection sensitivity theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-158
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


  • Diversity climate
  • Ethnic identity
  • Psychological capital
  • Refugee employees
  • Work attitudes

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