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 5: Crossover and spillover between family members and work and family roles

Ulla Kinnunen, Johanna Rantanen and Saija Mauno


In today’s Western society the topic of how to reconcile the competing demands of work and family life continues to be an increasing challenge, which often results – for both men and women – in various negative individual (e.g., strain symptoms), family (e.g., family distress) and organizational level (e.g., decreased organizational commitment) outcomes (for reviews, see Allen et al., 2000; Amstad et al., 2011). Less attention, however, has been paid to the possible outcomes of individuals’ work– family challenges for their intimate partners. For example, between 1980 and 2003, only 9 percent of work–family research focused on this (Casper et al., 2007). However, including partners’ perspectives is important because how both partners manage the interface between their work and personal lives, and how partners succeed in this task determines the extent to which they are – negatively or positively – affected by each other’s experiences within the work and family domains.

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