Handbook of Work–Life Integration Among Professionals
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Handbook of Work–Life Integration Among Professionals

Challenges and Opportunities

Edited by Debra A. Major and Ronald J. Burke

How work and family lives can be effectively managed has been a hot topic of public debate in recent years. This Handbook integrates current thinking and research evidence regarding how professionals navigate multiple life roles to achieve satisfaction and fulfillment.
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Chapter 3: Concepts and measures in the work–family interface: implications for work–family integration

Wendy J. Casper, Sara De Hauw and Julie Holliday Wayne


Today, most employees manage a job concurrently with family responsibilities. Thus, researchers have tried to understand the implications of integrating work and family on individual, work and family outcomes (Eby et al., 2005). A number of distinct views have emerged about the ways in which work and family intersect with one another, reflected in constructs pertinent to understanding work–family integration. The purpose of this chapter is to review these key concepts and the measures most commonly used to assess them. We review five key ways in which the interface between work and family has been conceptualized: work–family conflict, work–family enrichment, work–family balance, work–family fit and, finally, integration and segmentation across the work–family boundary. We also discuss how each construct has been measured and provide recommendations for future research.

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