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Mothers' work–family conflict and enrichment: associations with parenting quality and couple relationship


Cooklin, AR and Westrupp, E and Strazdins, L and Giallo, R and Martin, A and Nicholson, JM, Mothers' work-family conflict and enrichment: associations with parenting quality and couple relationship, Child: Care, Health and Development, 41, (2) pp. 266-277. ISSN 0305-1862 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1111/cch.12137


Background Employment participation of mothers of young children has steadily increased in developed nations. Combining work and family roles can create conflicts with family life, but can also bring enrichment.Work–family conflict and enrichment experienced by mothers may also impact children’s home environments via parenting behaviour and the couple relationship, particularly in the early years of parenting when the care demands for young children is high. Methods In order to examine these associations, while adjusting for a wide range of known covariates of parenting and relationship quality, regression models using survey data from 2151 working mothers of 4- to 5-year-old children are reported. Results/Conclusion Results provided partial support for the predicted independent relationships between work–family conflict, enrichment and indicators of the quality of parenting and the couple relationship.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:maternal employment; parenting; work–family conflict; work–family gains work–family strains
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Community child health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
ID Code:91194
Year Published:2015 (online first 2014)
Web of Science® Times Cited:55
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2014-05-09
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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