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ERIC Number: EJ866943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1069-0727
The Factor Structure of the Work-Family Conflict Multidimensional Scale: Exploring the Expectations of College Students
Gaffey, Abigail R.; Rottinghaus, Patrick J.
Journal of Career Assessment, v17 n4 p495-506 2009
Work-family conflict (WFC) has been examined from a unidimensional approach, yet recent research has revealed three types (i.e., time, strain, and behavior) and two directions of work-family conflict. Previous researchers suggested that college students are unable to discern between the multiple-facets of WFC, thus measured anticipated WFC addressing only the bidirectional component. This approach assumes that college students have not fully considered each facet of work-family balance. The current study is the first to examine the use of measuring anticipated work-family conflict with college students from a multidimensional perspective. We investigated anticipated levels of three types and two directions of WFC of 295 college students by examining the factor structure of a modified version of the "Multidimensional Work-Family Conflict Scale". Participants discerned between the three types of WFC yet were unable to differentiate between the directions of behavior and strain-based conflict. Implications for research and career counseling are also discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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