Work and family balance: The impact of work and family conflict on child behaviour

Tessa Stanford (2011). Work and family balance: The impact of work and family conflict on child behaviour Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Tessa Stanford
Thesis Title Work and family balance: The impact of work and family conflict on child behaviour
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 105
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Changes in family structure and lifestyle have subsequently increased everyday responsibilities for many parents in today’s society who are consistently required to juggle their work and family commitments. Research has identified that working parents who have difficulty managing the demands of their work and family roles can experience inter-role conflict, namely ‘work-to-family conflict’ (WFC) or ‘family-to-work conflict’ (FWC). There is consistent evidence to demonstrate that inter-role conflict can result in significant psychological distress for the individual, and can also have profound negative impacts on their family and their workplace. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the impact that WFC has on child behaviour, and also more broadly to examine potential individual predictors of WFC and FWC. A new model was proposed to explain the relationship between WFC conflict and child behaviour. Two hundred and eighty working parents were recruited from online parenting forums, social networking sites, and from flyers distributed at child care centres and in school newsletters. Participants completed an online survey which included measures of work and family conflict, social support, organisational support, child behaviour, parental self-efficacy, and parenting style. A series of regression analyses were conducted to test the new mediated model and the two separate predictor models of WFC and FWC. Results found partial support for the new proposed mediated model. The relationship between WFC and child behaviour was found to be mediated by parenting style. Contrary to prediction, results did not support work social support as a significant mediator. Results of the WFC and FWC predictor models are also discussed, as well the implications of all findings.
Keyword Work and family balance
Negative impacts

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