5. Coping with Work–Life Conflict

  1. Philip J. Dewe,
  2. Michael P. O'Driscoll and
  3. Cary L. Cooper

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470711712.ch5

Coping with Work Stress: A Review and Critique

Coping with Work Stress: A Review and Critique

How to Cite

Dewe, P. J., O'Driscoll, M. P. and Cooper, C. L. (2010) Coping with Work–Life Conflict, in Coping with Work Stress: A Review and Critique, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470711712.ch5

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470997666

Online ISBN: 9780470711712



  • coping with work–life conflict;
  • managing stressors in work environment - minimizing stress and preserving well-being;
  • experience of conflict or interference - demands at work and responsibilities, and commitments outside work setting;
  • Greenhaus and Beutell (1985) - three ways, work demands and life commitments and responsibilities interfering with each other;
  • time-based conflict, major source of stress - increasing number of people;
  • strain-based conflict, negative effects on individuals - and significant others;
  • inter-role conflict for well-being - considering work–life balance;
  • perceived control, important variable in respect of work-life conflict;
  • personal coping strategies;
  • collaboration between workers and their organization - fundamental causes of inter-role conflict


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Social support

  • Personal control

  • Personal coping strategies

  • Organizational strategies to ameliorate work–life conflict

  • Conclusions