Sources of work-family conflict among two-career couples

Jeffrey H. Greenhaus, Saroj Parasuraman, Cherlyn Skromme Granrose, Samuel Rabinowitz, Nicholas J. Beutell

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This study examined different types of work domain pressures as sources of work-family conflict among two-career couples. Data gathered from a matched sample of 119 men and 119 women who were partners in a two-career relationship provided strong support for the influence of work role stressors on two forms of work-family conflict, time-based conflict and strain-based conflict. The impact of task characteristics and work salience on work-family conflict was somewhat stronger for women than for men. In addition, there were significant interactions between partners' job involvement on men's level of time-based conflict and between partners career priority on men's level of strain-based conflict. The implications of the findings for additional research on work-family conflict were discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-153
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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