Employed mothers’ work-family conflict and child outcomes: mediating role of parenting

Babaoğlu, Gözde
The primary aim of this study was to examine the relationship between mothers’ work-to-family conflict (WIF), children’s behavioural self-regulation and mothers’ parenting (warmth and inductive reasoning). Moreover, the effects of social supports (spousal support, extended family support, organizational support), parenting daily hassles, and child’s anger/frustration was investigated. Children between 34 and 59 months of age, and their mothers participated in the study (N = 109). The findings of this study showed a) the mediating effect of maternal inductive reasoning between WIF and child behavioral self-regulation outcomes, and predictor roles of b) WIF, organizational support, and children’s anger/frustration temperament on maternal inductive reasoning; c) WIF and organizational support on maternal warmth ; d) child’s age and maternal inductive reasoning on child behavioral self-regulation skills; e) anger/frustration temperamental characteristic and parenting daily hassles on mother-reported child inhibition problems; and lastly f) moderator role of higher levels of spousal support on the link between mothers’ WIF and child behavioral self- regulation skills.