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Relationships Among Work and Family Conflict, Stress, and Parenthood in Dual-Income Couples
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by Terri L. Entricht and Jennifer L. Hughes, - Agnes Scott College
This study examined the effects of parenthood and gender on work-family conflict (WFC) and family-work conflict (FWC) in an effort to fill gaps in the work and family conflict literature. The relationship between work and family conflict and stress also was assessed. Results show that individuals in dual-income couples with high levels of WFC reported higher levels of stress compared to individuals in dualincome couples with lower levels of WFC. Similar results were found for dual-income couples with high levels of FWC compared to dual-income couples with lower levels of FWC. No gender differences were found in the degree of WFC or FWC experienced, but women reported greater stress than did men. Individuals in dual-income couples with young children reported more WFC and FWC than nonparents and individuals with older children.
Faculty Advisor: Heather R. Tovey, Agnes Scott College