Sabbatical Leave: Who Gains and How Much?

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

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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.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)953-964
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2010


  • Conservation of resources theory
  • Respite
  • Sabbatical
  • Stress
  • Well-being


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