Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 28, Issue 1, pp 39–51 | Cite as

Work and Family Conflict: An Often Overlooked Issue in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Anthony W. Tatman
  • Alan J. Hovestadt
  • Paul Yelsma
  • David L. Fenell
  • Brian S. Canfield


Despite the systemic interaction, family-based journals, as well as intake and assessment forms most frequently used by couple and family therapists (CFTs), have given a limited amount of attention to the issue of work and family conflict. Moreover, a review of the literature indicated that many CFTs perceive themselves as inadequately prepared to assist couples and families with work and family conflict. Addressing this apparent limitation, the present study identified various work stressors that contributed to family conflict (WFC), and the family stressors that contributed to work conflict (FWC). Results revealed significant predictors of WFC and FWC. Implications for CFTs and recommendations for changes in academic training and supervision are provided.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anthony W. Tatman
    • 1
  • Alan J. Hovestadt
    • 2
  • Paul Yelsma
    • 3
  • David L. Fenell
    • 4
  • Brian S. Canfield
    • 5
  1. 1.Counseling and Assessment ServicesDes Moines
  2. 2.Counseling Psychology and Marriage and Family TherapyUSA
  3. 3.Western Michigan UniversityUSA
  4. 4.University of Colorado at Colorado SpringsUSA
  5. 5.Department of Human DevelopmentSoutheastern Louisiana UniversityUSA

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