Richardson, B. K. (2022). “Death Threats don’t Just Affect You, They Affect Your Family”: Investigating the Impact of Whistleblowing on Family Identity. Management Communication Quarterly, 08933189221108349.

Organizational whistleblowers routinely encounter retaliation such as jobloss, ostracism, intimidation, and death threats which can impact their“master status,” or core identity. Questions remain about whetherwhistleblowing experiences can “spill over” into homes, affecting familyidentities. This study aimed to understand how spillover related towhistleblowing affected family identity, and to identify communicativefactors which influenced family identity (re)construction. Thirty oneindividuals, including 15 whistleblowers and 16 family members ofwhistleblowers, were interviewed for this study. Data analysis revealed threefamily identities emerged from whistleblowing experiences: affirmed families,wounded families, and fragmented families. Social support processes andboundary management played key roles in family identity (re)construction.These findings engender theoretical implications for effective negotiation ofwork-home spillover and social support processes, whistleblowing models, andwhistleblowing policies’ impacts on families. Specifically, findings indicateboundary negotiation that facilitate matching levels of social support wasintegral to maintaining healthy family identities.