It’s The Nature Of The Work: Examining Behavior-Based Sources Of Work–Family Conflict Across Occupations

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J. Kemp Ellington PhD, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The consequences of work–family conflict for both individuals and organizations have been well documented, and the various sources of such conflict have received substantial attention. However, the vast majority of extant research has focused on only time- and strain-based sources, largely neglecting behavior-based sources. Integrating two nationally representative databases, the authors examine 3 behavior-based antecedents of work–family conflict linked specifically to occupational work role requirements (interdependence, responsibility for others, and interpersonal conflict). Results from multilevel analysis indicate that significant variance in work–family conflict is attributable to the occupation in which someone works. Interdependence and responsibility for others predict work–family conflict, even after controlling for several time- and strain-based sources.

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Dierdorff, E. C., & Ellington, J. K. (2008). It's the nature of the work: Examining behavior-based sources of work-family conflict across occupations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93(4), 883-892. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2008
work–family conflict, work role requirements, O*NET, General Social Survey

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