The relation between work-family balance and quality of life

Jeffrey H. Greenhaus, Karen M. Collins, Jason DeFrance Shaw

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Abstract

We examined the relation between work-family balance and quality of life among professionals employed in public accounting. Three components of work-family balance were assessed: time balance (equal time devoted to work and family), involvement balance (equal involvement in work and family), and satisfaction balance (equal satisfaction with work and family). For individuals who invested substantial time in their combined work and family roles, those who spent more time on family than work experienced a higher quality of life than balanced individuals who, in turn, experienced a higher quality of life than those who spent more time on work than family. We observed similar findings for involvement and satisfaction. We identified the contributions of the study to the work-family balance literature and discussed the implications of the findings for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)510-531
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume63
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Quality of life
  • Stress
  • Work-family balance
  • Work-family conflict
  • Work-life balance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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