Faculty Publications

Title

Do job demands undermine parenting? A daily analysis of spillover and crossover effects

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Dual-earner couples, Job demands, Parentchild, Work and family

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Family Relations

Volume

58

Issue

2

First Page

201

Last Page

215

Abstract

Using data collected over 14 consecutive days, we examined the impact of work hours and job demands on parent-child interactions for mothers and fathers in nonprofessional couples. Wives and husbands evaluated their interactions with their children similarly, such that changes in a spouse's evaluation of parentchild interactions typically matched those reported by the other spouse. Greater daily work hours were related to less time spent on child care and less time spent on leisure with children, but higher positive interactions with children were reported. Greater wife perceived job demands were associated with husbands having more positive interactions with children. The findings add to our limited understanding of daily experiences of work-family issues for parents within nonprofessional, dual-earner households.

Original Publication Date

4-1-2009

DOI of published version

10.1111/j.1741-3729.2008.00547.x

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