An everyday balancing act: The efficacy of a brief intervention for working parents to prevent the effects of work and family conflict

Conrad, Eloise (2011). An everyday balancing act: The efficacy of a brief intervention for working parents to prevent the effects of work and family conflict Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Conrad, Eloise
Thesis Title An everyday balancing act: The efficacy of a brief intervention for working parents to prevent the effects of work and family conflict
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-10-12
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Dr Divna Haslam
Total pages 100
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Empirical research has supported the effectiveness of Workplace Triple P and its ability to provide coping skills for parents to manage parental and occupational stress and decrease work and family conflict. The present study adds to the literature by aiming to investigate the effectiveness of a less intensive seminar version of the Workplace Triple P program. This randomised control trial applied a 2 (intervention condition: Workplace Triple P, Waitlist Control) by 3 (Time: pre-intervention, post-intervention and 3 month follow up) repeated measures longitudinal design. One hundred and forty eight working parents were recruited from across Brisbane. Participants randomised to the intervention condition received two 90-minute seminars held at the University of Queensland. The seminars covered strategies for balancing work and family, such as stress management, and positive parenting, such as effective discipline methods. It was hypothesised that, compared to the waitlist condition, the intervention condition would report: lower levels of work-to-family and family-to-work conflict, increased parental and occupational efficacy, lower levels of stress, higher levels of work-family enrichment, lower use of lax, overreactive and verbose parenting styles and lower levels of child conduct and emotional problems. To test the significance of the results, a series of Mixed Factorial ANOVAs at Time Two and Repeated Measures ANOVAs at Time Three were used. Hypotheses were supported in the areas of work-to-family conflict, parental and occupational efficacy, stress, parenting styles and emotional problems in children. Implications of this research, such as population level improvements in child behaviour and access to parental services, as well as future research opportunities, will be discussed.
Keyword Work and family conflict
Workplace Triple P program

 
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