The Relationships Among Part-Time Work, Work--Family Interference, and Well-Being

van Rijswijk, Karen; Bekker, Marrie H. J.; Rutte, Christel G.; Croon, Marcel A.
October 2004
Journal of Occupational Health Psychology;Oct2004, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p286
Academic Journal
The article discusses the relationships among part-time work, work-family interferences and well-being. It reports a study, which investigated the effect of part-time work on work-family interference, and well being among 160 part-time and 29 full-time employed mothers working at 2 insurance companies in the Netherlands. The study controlled for working part time as a strategy for reducing work-family imbalance and found that part-time work was associated with a lower level of work-to-family interference. Also, high levels of work-family interference were associated with diminished well-being. Work-to-family interference played a mediating role in the relationship between part-time work and well-being. Results indicate that part-time jobs can enhance the work-family balance not only for those explicitly choosing part-time employment as a means to reduce work-family imbalance but also for other employees.


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