LEFO - Legeforskningsinstituttet

Institute for Studies of the Medical Profession

2010

Work-home conflict and facilitation across four different family structures in Norway

Innstrand ST, Langballe EM, Espnes GA, Aasland OG, Falkum E. Community, Work & Family 2010; 13: 231-249.
13. september 2010

Article in English.

Abstract (not available on Pubmed):

The purpose of this study was to examine how work-home conflict and facilitation vary among people living in different family structures in Norway, here conceptualized as: two-parent families; single parents; childless couples; and singles. The study used data from a Norwegian study on occupational health (N=2414). We hypothesized that respondents living in two-parent families experience more work-home conflict and facilitation than others due to more complex role expectations. Similarly, we hypothesized that the effect of workload and autonomy on work-home conflict and facilitation would be stronger among this group. The results indicate that conflict between work and home life are more profound among those living in two-parent families and among single parents than among childless couples and singles. Work-to-home facilitation did not vary by family structure, whereas the childless couples reported more home-to-work facilitation. Furthermore, with a few exceptions the effects of workload and autonomy on work-home conflict and facilitation did not differ by family structure.

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