A Research Companion
Edited by Mustafa F. Özbiligin
Chapter 17: Sex Differences in Coping with Work–Home Interference
17. Sex differences in coping with work–home interference T. Alexandra Beauregard INTRODUCTION The trend towards longer working hours for much of the labour force in the UK, along with escalating numbers of dual-income families and employed single parents, creates increasing opportunities for multiple roles to clash with one another. Interference between work and home occurs when participation in one role is made more difficult by virtue of participation in the other (Greenhaus and Beutell, 1985). Research has established the utility of differentiating between work interference with home (WIH), and home interference with work (HIW) (Kelloway et al., 1999). Both directions of interference can produce a number of negative outcomes. Employees experiencing work–home interference have been found to exhibit lower levels of organizational commitment and job performance, and greater anxiety, depression, absenteeism and intention to turnover (see Eby et al., 2005). Given the costs of work–home interference for both organizations and individuals, the importance of coping strategies is considerable. While there is a growing literature on the impact of organization-implemented practices designed to reduce work–home interference, little attention has been paid to individual coping mechanisms. For employees of organizations that do not offer work–home practices, or who lack access to available practices, individual coping is of paramount significance. This chapter seeks to extend existing research on work–home coping in several ways. First, it investigates the effects on interference of a wider range of coping strategies than those previously addressed in the work–home literature. Second,...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.