*An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 10–13, 2000. This research project began while the lead author was affiliated with the University of California at Irvine Department of Psychology and Social Behavior and received support from a National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Traineeship (MH19958). The research was also supported by grants to D. M. A. from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Midlife Development, and The National Institute on Aging (AG19239).
Work–Family Spillover and Daily Reports of Work and Family Stress in the Adult Labor Force*
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Volume 51, Issue 1, pages 28–36, January 2002
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Grzywacz, J. G., Almeida, D. M. and McDonald, D. A. (2002), Work–Family Spillover and Daily Reports of Work and Family Stress in the Adult Labor Force. Family Relations, 51: 28–36. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2002.00028.x
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- family life course theory;
- work–family spillover;
- work, family stress
Work–family research employing nationally representative samples and multiple methods of data collection is uncommon. We used data from two affiliated national surveys to examine the distribution of work–family spillover among working adults. The National Study of Daily Experiences (n= 741), an 8-day daily diary study using a subsample of the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS; N= 2,130), allowed work–family spillover to be conceptualized and operationalized in different ways. Analyses testing family life course hypotheses indicated that self-reported negative and positive spillover between work and family were not randomly distributed within the labor force. Age was found to have a persistent curvilinear effect on negative spillover between work and family. The prevalence of co-occurring work and family stress reported over 8 days was comparable across nearly all the sociodemographic characteristics.