• work–family conflict;
  • work stressors;
  • time pressure;
  • irritation;
  • occupational health;
  • home care


Against the theoretical background of the effort–recovery model and the action regulation theory, the author presents a cross-sectional questionnaire study testing hypotheses about the relationship between work-related time pressure, cognitive and emotional irritation, work–family conflict and psychosomatic complaints. Subjects were 576 female home care nurses. Results of a path analysis show that the relation of time pressure and psychosomatic complaints is partially mediated by experiencing a work–family conflict; also the relation of time pressure and work–family conflict is partially mediated by cognitive and emotional irritation. It is argued that cognitive and emotional irritation are fruitful concepts for a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between work stressors and the development of strain-based work–family conflict. Implications for the prevention of work–family conflict are outlined. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.