The influence of support relationships on work‐family conflict: differentiating emotional from instrumental support

  • Kirrane M
  • Buckley F
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Abstract

The importance of various support sources to the experience of work and non-work life balance is a well-documented factor. This study investigate the differential impact of the support of work colleagues, workplace supervisors, non-work friends, spouse/partner, and extended family on employees' perceptions of the balance between their work and family life commitments. The sample of an Irish working cohort (n=170) indicated that after having a young child (6 years of age) the next significant predictor of experienced work interference with family life was spouse-partner instrumental support. Spouse-partner social support did not have an impact on experienced work interference in family life. The support of co-workers and workplace supervisors did not influence experienced work-family conflict. How and why positive spouse-partner instrumental support should lead to elevated work-family conflict are discussed. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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Authors

  • Melrona Kirrane

  • Finian Buckley

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