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A cross-national comparative study of work-family stressors, working hours, and well-being : China and Latin America versus the Anglo world
Personnel Psychology (2004)
  • Paul E. SPECTOR, University of South Florida
  • Cary L. COOPER
  • Steven POELMANS
  • Tammy D. ALLEN, University of South Florida
  • MICHAEL O'DEISCOLL, University of Waikato, New Zealand
  • Juan I. SANCHEZ, Florida International University
  • Oi Ling SIU, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Phil DEWE
  • Peter HART
  • Luo LU
  • Lúcio Flávio RENAULT DE MORAES
  • Gabrielle M. OSTROGNAY
  • Kate SPARKS
  • Paul HART
  • Shanfa YU

A comparative study of work-family stressors, work hours, and well-being was described contrasting 3 culturally distinct regions: Anglo (Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, and U.S.), China (Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, and Taiwan) and Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexicom Peru, and Uruguay). Samples of managers were surveyed in each country, and country data were combined for the 3 regions. Support was found for the hypothesis that Anglos would demonstrate a stronger positive relation between work hours and work-family stressors than Chinese and Latins. In all 3 samples, work-family stressors related to increased job satisfaction and reduced well-being. Latins were found to work the most hours, have the most children, and report the highest job satisfaction. China was the only region in which being married and having more children related positively to all measures of well-being.

Publication Date
Spring 2004
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Citation Information
Spector, P. E., Cooper, Cary. L., Poelmans, S., Allen, T. D., O'Driscoll, M., Sanchez, J. I., … Yu, S. (2004). A cross-national comparative study of work-family stressors, working hours, and well-being: China and Latin America versus the Anglo world. Personnel Psychology, 57(1), 119-142. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6570.2004.tb02486.x