All in the Family: the Link Between Couple-Level Work-Family Conflict and Family Satisfaction and Its Impact on the Composition of the Family over Time

  • Tyler BurchEmail author
Original Paper


Using a resource scarcity perspective (American Sociological Review 25:483–496, 1960; American Psychologist 44:513–524, 1989), the current longitudinal study examines how a couple’s work-family conflict influences future satisfaction within the family domain and subsequent couple separation and family expansion. Results suggest that work-family conflict does alter the couple’s work-family interface indirectly by negatively influencing satisfaction within the family domain, which in turn influences future couple separation and family expansion through birth or adoption. These results move the applied psychology literature on the link between work-family conflict and satisfaction in the home forward by demonstrating that its effects are not limited to proximal outcomes within the family domain but overtime can indeed change the actual structure and composition of the family unit. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.


Work-family conflict Family satisfaction Work-family interface Couple separation Family expansion 



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  1. 1.Department of ManagementIdaho State UniversityPocatelloUSA

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