ERIC Number: ED362294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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Family Interaction under Stress: Emotional Spillover from Work Stress to Family Life for Parents of Kindergartners.
Schulz, Marc S.
This study was designed to enhance understanding of individuals' and couples' emotional regulation processes, and the psychological mechanisms that connect work and family spheres for men and women. Forty-three couples and their eldest child participated in this study. On three consecutive days the parents completed several measures of work stress and marital behavior before leaving their workplace and before going to bed at night. Within several months they completed questionnaires assessing individual, marital, and family well-being. The teachers of the oldest child in each family provided ratings of the child's classroom behavior in the fall of the kindergarten year. Men who reported a significant level of stress at the end of the workday were more likely to report that they were behaving more negatively toward their partners than men who reported experiencing little or no stress. In stark contrast to the men, there was no link for women between the general level of stress they experienced during the day and their marital behavior or couple experience in the evenings. Children of parents exhibiting significant amounts of stress were seen by their teachers as more antisocial and less academically competent. (Contains 23 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Family Work Relationship; Job Stress
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (60th, New Orleans, LA, March 25-27, 1993). This research was supported in part by a grant from the Spring Foundation.