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ERIC Number: EJ873823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
The Impact of Fathers' Work and Family Conflicts on Children's Self-Esteem: The Hong Kong Case
Lau, Yuk King
Social Indicators Research, v95 n3 p363-376 Feb 2010
Work and family conflicts are always viewed as issues of human resource management or occupational health. Insufficient attention has been focused on the impact on child development and quality of parenting, especially regarding the impact of a father's work. To examine the impact of work and family conflicts on the quality of father-child interactions in Hong Kong, a cross-sectional survey was conducted. In total, 556 pairs of working fathers and their school-aged children participated in the survey. The findings of the survey indicated that fathers' work-to-family conflicts negatively affected the quality of father-child interactions, which in turn caused harm to children's self-esteem. In addition to work-family conflicts, a low income level of the fathers, a larger number of children in the family, and the presence in the family of children approaching adolescence were significant risk factors to the quality of father-child interactions. The mothers' active parental involvement and the complexity of the fathers' occupation were significant protective factors of the quality of father-child interactions. To facilitate strong family bonding and good quality parenting, possible measures to ensure a healthy work-family balance among working fathers are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong