Th-SYM-2444-7 - Flexible Work Arrangements And Work-Family Conflict Among Dual Earner Couples: Do Boundary Management And Spousal Support Matter?

Track:
Work-family conflict
What:
Symposium
When:
1 hour
Where:
A004
Discussion:
0
 
Work-Life Interface
Work-family conflict
Th-SYM-2444-7
Flexible work arrangements and work-family conflict among dual earner couples: Do boundary management and spousal support matter?
B. Kubicek 1 2,*, S. Tement 3
1Department of Applied Psychology: Work, Education, and Economy, University of Vienna, Vienna, 2Faculty of Informatics, Communications and Media, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg, Austria, 3Department of Psychology, University of Maribor, Faculty of Arts, Maribor, Slovenia
 
Main Abstract Content: Purpose
Although flexible work arrangements (FWA) are often advocated as a key resource to counteract work-family conflict (WFC), recent meta-analytical findings show heterogeneous yet rather low associations between the constructs. The heterogeneity of the findings suggests that the potential of FWA to facilitate the balancing of work and family roles is contingent on additional factors. In the presence of increased work-family role blurring or low spousal support FWA may no longer counteract WFC. Therefore, we assessed whether work-home boundary management behaviors and spousal support moderate the associations between FWA and employees’ and their partners’ WFC.
 
Methodology
A cross-sectional study among 115 dual earner couples was conducted.
 
Results
The actor-partner interdependence moderation model showed that FWA are negatively related to WFC for men, but not for women. These associations are further qualified by spousal support (but not by boundary management behaviors). For men, the negative association between FWA and WFC was present only in case of low spousal support, but not in case of high spousal support. For women, opposing associations were found for high and low levels of spousal support: If spousal support is low, FWA are associated with high levels of WFC. Yet, if spousal support is high, FWA are associated with low levels of WFC.
 
Limitations
The study is based on cross-sectional self-reported data.
 
Implications
Especially for women, FWA do not suffice to facilitate the balancing of work and family roles.
 
Value
The social context needs to be considered when evaluating the effects of FWA on WFC.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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