ERIC Number: EJ1079414
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
Managing Work and Family: Do Control Strategies Help?
Versey, H. Shellae
Developmental Psychology, v51 n11 p1672-1681 Nov 2015
How can we effectively manage competing obligations from work and family without becoming overwhelmed? This question inspires the current study by examining control strategies that may facilitate better work-life balance, with a specific focus on the role of lowered aspirations and positive reappraisals, attitudes that underlie adaptive coping behaviors. Data from the Midlife in the United States Survey (MIDUS II) were used to explore the relationship between negative spillover, control strategies, and well-being among full-time working men and women (N = 2,091). In this nationally representative sample, findings indicate that while positive reappraisals function as a protective buffer, lowering aspirations exacerbate the relationship between work-family spillover and well-being, with moderating effects stronger among women. This study extends prior research tying work-life conflict to health and mental health, and suggests further investigation is needed to consider types of resources that may be effective coping strategies in balancing work and family.
Descriptors: Family Work Relationship, National Surveys, Well Being, Coping, Gender Differences, Aspiration, Positive Attitudes, Adults, Multivariate Analysis, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH)
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IES Grant or Contract Numbers: T32MH1624233