Bidirectional nature of work family conflict : the antecedents and outcomes of work to family conflict and family to work conflict

Üzümcüoğlu, Yeşim
The aim of the present study was to investigate the bidirectional nature of work family conflict: work to family conflict (WFC) and family to work conflict (FWC). Antecedents and outcomes of both directions were examined. Antecedents of WFC were categorized as work stressors which included role demands, injustice and autonomy whereas outcomes of work to family conflict included job satisfaction, affective commitment and turnover intention. Family stressors included family role demands and communication problems and outcomes of FWC included family satisfaction. The mediating role of WFC and FWC between the antecedents and outcomes were also investigated. Moreover, the interaction of relational self-regulation and work/family stressors on work/family related outcomes were examined on an exploratory basis. A pilot study was conducted with 83 people to establish the psychometric propterties of the relational self-regulation measure developed for this study. The main analysis was conducted with 314 people. The results of the regression analyses showed that WFC and FWC did not mediate the relationships between work/family stressors and work/family related outcomes. Among the work stressors, only injustice predicted WFC and turnover intention significantly. Job satisfaction was predicted by all work stressors; however, affective commitment was predicted by injustice and autonomy only. Family role demands and communication problems predicted family satisfaction, whereas FWC was only predicted by family role demands. Exploratory analyses showed that, the interaction effects of relational self-regulation and autonomy on job satisfaction and turnover intention were significant. The results were discussed and practical implications of the finding were stated along with the future research suggestions.


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Citation Formats
Y. Üzümcüoğlu, “ Bidirectional nature of work family conflict : the antecedents and outcomes of work to family conflict and family to work conflict,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.