What about Us? Measuring the Work-Life Balance of People Who Do Not Have Children

Waumsley, Julie A. and Houston, Diane M. and Marks, Gillian (2010) What about Us? Measuring the Work-Life Balance of People Who Do Not Have Children. Review of European Studies, 2 (2). pp. 3-17. ISSN 1918-7173. (Full text available)

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Abstract

To date, the work-family literature has examined conflict between work and family and family and work. In this research the use of the word “family” usually denotes child-care responsibilities. Furthermore, scales developed to measure conflict have concentrated on a family structure defined in this way. Little is known about conflict between work and non-work experienced by people who do not live within a family structure that includes children. The aim of this paper is to examine whether existing work-family and family-work conflict measures might be adapted to measure work-life conflict and life-work conflict for full-time female workers (N = 940) with and without children. Results suggest that a work-family conflict scale may not adequately measure the conflicts experienced by people who do not live within a family structure that involves children. The implications of these findings are further discussed with suggestions concerning the feasibility of using a generic work-life scale to measure work-life balance and a specific work-family scale to measure work-family balance.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Ros Beeching
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 16:48
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2014 14:15
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28599 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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