ERIC Number: ED283076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Home-Career Conflict: An Exploration of the Delicate Balance.
Schmidt, Veronica J.; Scott, Norman A.
Conflict between home and work roles has been well documented. Although a variety of correlates of home-career conflict have been studied, the research literature presents a set of interrelationships which need further clarification. A study was conducted to test hypothesized relationships between home-career conflict and the variables of career commitment, commitment to family roles, number of roles, marital status, parental status, spouse support, attitudes toward women, and family configuration. Subjects were male (N=7) and female (N=67) clerical, managerial, and professional employees of a large health insurance company. Subjects were primarily young married women who had young children at home. Questionnaires assessing demographic variables, number of respondent roles, commitment to career and home roles, spouse support, attitudes toward women, family configuration, and home-career conflict were completed by subjects. The results indicated that respondents who experienced less home-career conflict were high in subjective estimates of career commitment. Home-career conflict increased with greater commitment to the parent role, but not to the spouse role. Subjects who were married, parents, and involved in multiple roles had higher levels of home-career conflict than those who were not married, not parents, and involved in fewer roles. Family configuration had a major impact on home-career conflict, while the impacts of spouse support and of feminist views were insignificant. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (94th, Washington, DC, August 22-26, 1986).