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Antecedents and outcomes of a fourfold taxonomy of work-family balance in Chinese employed parents
Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
  • Jia-Fang LU
  • Oi Ling SIU, Lingnan University, Hong Kong
  • Paul E. SPECTOR
  • Kan SHI
Document Type
Journal article
Publication Date
4-1-2009
Abstract
The study provided validity evidence for a fourfold taxonomy of work-family balance that comprises direction of influence (work to family vs. family to work) and types of effect (work-family conflict vs. work-family facilitation). Data were collected from 189 employed parents in China. The results obtained from a confirmatory factor analysis supported the factorial validity of the fourfold taxonomy of work-family balance with a Chinese sample. Child care responsibilities, working hours, monthly salary, and organizational family-friendly policy were positively related to the conflict component of work-family balance; whereas new parental experience, spouse support, family-friendly supervisors and coworkers had significant positive effects on the facilitation component of work-family balance. In comparison with the inconsistent effects of work-family conflict, work to family facilitation had consistent positive effects on work and life attitudes. The implications of findings in relation to China and other countries are discussed in the paper.
DOI
10.1037/a0014115
E-ISSN
19391307
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Lu, J.-F., Siu, O.-L., Spector, P. E., & Shi, K. (2009). Antecedents and outcomes of a fourfold taxonomy of work-family balance in Chinese employed parents. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 14(2), 182-192. doi: 10.1037/a0014115