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Table. 4 Self-esteem mediates the relationship between the dimensions of job insecurity and psychological distress

From: Self-esteem, job insecurity, and psychological distress among Chinese nurses

Independent Variable Mediating Variable Predictor Pathway Estimate SE 95 % CI
LL UL
Psychological distress Self-esteem Self-esteem: Quantitative Insecurity a1 -0.3604 0.0581 -0.4746 -0.2462
   Psychological distress: self-esteem b1 -0.6749 0.0968 -0.8652 -0.4846
   Indirect effect through self-esteem psychological distress: Quantitative Insecurity a1b1 0.2432 0.0601 0.1437 0.3826
   Direct effect of Quantitative Insecurity on psychological distress c1 0.7368 0.1257 0.4898 0.9837
   Self-esteem: Quality Insecurity a2 -0.2706 0.0486 -0.3663 -0.1751
   Psychological distress: self-esteem b2 -0.7201 0.0974 -0.9116 -0.5287
   Indirect effect through self-esteem psychological distress: Quality Insecurity a2b2 0.1949 0.0515 0.1085 0.3103
   Direct effect of Quality Insecurity on psychological distress c2 0.4821 0.1050 0.2759 0.6884
  1. Note: a1 a2 means “the pathway of quantitative insecurity or quality insecurity could predict self-esteem, b1 b2 means “the pathway of self-esteem could predict psychological distress, c1 c2 means “the pathway of quantitative insecurity or quality insecurity could predict psychological distress