Couple Communication as a Mediator Between Work-Family Conflict and Marital Satisfaction

  • Carroll S
  • Hill E
  • Yorgason J
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Abstract

Using a sample of married individuals employed full-time ( N = 1,117), this study examined the mediating effects of constructive and destructive communication between partners on the relationship between work-family conflict and marital satisfaction. Results from structural equation modeling revealed that work-family conflict was significantly and negatively related to marital satisfaction. This relationship became insignificant when constructive and destructive communication were added to the model, evidence for full mediation. This was confirmed with Sobel's test for mediation. Results suggest that teaching communcation skills may be a potent point of intervention for couples who experience high levels of work-family conflict. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal is the property of Springer Science & Business Media B.V. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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  • Communication
  • Couples
  • Marital satisfaction
  • Work-family conflict

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Authors

  • Sarah June Carroll

  • E. Jeffrey Hill

  • Jeremy B. Yorgason

  • Jeffry H. Larson

  • Jonathan G. Sandberg

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