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Burnout and the work-family interface: a two-wave study of sole and partnered working mothers

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Abstract


  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine whether work-to-family conflict (WFC) and

    work-to-family enrichment (WFE) predicted burnout in working mothers using conservation of

    resources theory. The authors also examined whether these relationships varied between sole and

    partnered working mothers.

    Design/methodology/approach – In total, 516 partnered and 107 sole mothers in paid employment

    completed an online survey twice, six months apart.

    Findings – WFC was significantly positively related to burnout, and WFE significantly negatively

    related to burnout. Marital status moderated the inverse relationship between WFE and personal

    burnout, and this relationship was significant for partnered mothers only.

    Research limitations/implications – Limitations include self-report data, and the sample being

    highly educated thereby limiting generalizability.

    Practical implications – Providing an enriching and supportive work environment may be an

    important strategy for minimizing burnout in mothers, particularly for sole mothers.

    Social implications – Employed sole mother’s risks of burnout may be higher than for other mothers

    even when experiencing WFE, which can have implications for their functioning and for family well-being.

    Originality/value – This two-wave study is the first to highlight that sole mothers, who are at risk of

    greater socio-economic disadvantages, do not benefit from WFE to the same degree as partnered mothers.

    Future work-family and burnout research should further examine differences based family structure.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Robinson, L. D., Magee, C. & Caputi, P. (2016). Burnout and the work-family interface: a two-wave study of sole and partnered working mothers. Career Development International, 21 (1), 31-44.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84953889194

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3191&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2190

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 31

End Page


  • 44

Volume


  • 21

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine whether work-to-family conflict (WFC) and

    work-to-family enrichment (WFE) predicted burnout in working mothers using conservation of

    resources theory. The authors also examined whether these relationships varied between sole and

    partnered working mothers.

    Design/methodology/approach – In total, 516 partnered and 107 sole mothers in paid employment

    completed an online survey twice, six months apart.

    Findings – WFC was significantly positively related to burnout, and WFE significantly negatively

    related to burnout. Marital status moderated the inverse relationship between WFE and personal

    burnout, and this relationship was significant for partnered mothers only.

    Research limitations/implications – Limitations include self-report data, and the sample being

    highly educated thereby limiting generalizability.

    Practical implications – Providing an enriching and supportive work environment may be an

    important strategy for minimizing burnout in mothers, particularly for sole mothers.

    Social implications – Employed sole mother’s risks of burnout may be higher than for other mothers

    even when experiencing WFE, which can have implications for their functioning and for family well-being.

    Originality/value – This two-wave study is the first to highlight that sole mothers, who are at risk of

    greater socio-economic disadvantages, do not benefit from WFE to the same degree as partnered mothers.

    Future work-family and burnout research should further examine differences based family structure.

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Robinson, L. D., Magee, C. & Caputi, P. (2016). Burnout and the work-family interface: a two-wave study of sole and partnered working mothers. Career Development International, 21 (1), 31-44.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84953889194

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3191&context=sspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2190

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 31

End Page


  • 44

Volume


  • 21

Issue


  • 1