Fr-OR-S58-4 - Does Mother's Work Engagement And Recovery From Work Matter For Children's Life Satisfaction?

Work-family balance
Oral Presentation
Part of:
15 minutes
O'Connor Theatre
Work-Life Interface
Work-family balance
Does mother's work engagement and recovery from work matter for children's life satisfaction?
S. Mauno*, R. Hirvonen 1, N. Kiuru 1
1Department of Psychology, University of Jyvaskyla, Jyvaskyla, Finland
Content: Purpose: The present study examines whether mothers’ positive work-related experiences (work engagement, recovery from work) are indirectly linked to positive outcomes in their children (life satisfaction) via mothers’ perceived life satisfaction and closeness with the child.
Design: The sample consisted of 671 Finnish mother-child dyads. The study is based on quantitative data analyzed via structural equation modelling.
Results: The results showed that mothers’ work engagement and recovery were positively and indirectly associated with children’s life satisfaction via maternal life satisfaction and closeness with the child. The findings suggest that work-to-family crossover does indeed occur from mothers to children, and may well also concern positive work-related experiences.
Limitations: The study is cross-sectional.
Implications: Employers should pay attention to mothers’ work engagement and good recovery from work, because mothers’ positive work-related experiences are likely to promote maternal life satisfaction and a positive parent-child relationship which, in turn, may be reflected in children’s better well-being. Job resources boost work engagement, whereas mental detachment from work while not working is vital for recovery from work. These issues deserve attention, particularly among working mothers.
Originality: Theoretically the study is based on the spillover and crossover models of work-family interface, which have so far been overlooked as regards positive work-to-family crossover, particularly in the parent-child dyad. This is among the first studies focusing on genuinely positive work-to-family crossover effects from mothers to children.   

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