ERIC Number: EJ723871
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Publication Date: 2005-Oct
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Convergence between Measures of Work-to-Family and Family-to-Work Conflict: A Meta-Analytic Examination
Mesmer-Magnus, Jessica R.; Viswesvaran, Chockalingam
Journal of Vocational Behavior, v67 n2 p215-232 Oct 2005
The overlap between measures of work-to-family (WFC) and family-to-work conflict (FWC) was meta-analytically investigated. Researchers have assumed WFC and FWC to be distinct, however, this assumption requires empirical verification. Across 25 independent samples (total N=9079) the sample size weighted mean observed correlation was .38 and the reliability corrected correlation was .48. The pattern of external correlates for the two types of conflict was also examined. Both forms of conflict had similar (.41) reliability corrected correlations with measures of organizational withdrawal. WFC conflict correlated .41 (k= 15, N=4714) with job stressors and .17 (k=13, N=3312) with non-work stressors whereas FWC conflict correlated .27 with job stressors and .23 with non-work stressors. Correlations between the two forms of work/family conflict and other variables such as organizational commitment, job and life satisfaction, and health were examined. Implications for the discriminant validity of the two types of conflict measures are discussed.
Descriptors: Life Satisfaction, Family Work Relationship, Role Conflict, Meta Analysis, Correlation, Job Satisfaction, Stress Variables, Measures (Individuals), Wellness
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