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    What about us? Measuring the work-life balance of people who do not have children

    Waumsley, J.A. and Houston, Diane and Marks, G. (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.

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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.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2012 16:48
    Last Modified: 10 Feb 2021 09:39
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/16517

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