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Patterns of stress, work‐family conflict, role conflict, role ambiguity and overload among dual‐career and single‐career couples: an Australian study

David F. Elloy (School of Business, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington 99258, USA)
Catherine R. Smith (Murdoch Business School, Murdoch University, Murdoch, West Australia 6155)

Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1352-7606

Article publication date: 1 March 2003

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Abstract

The dual‐career phenomenon has become increasingly prevalent worldwide. This lifestyle often generates stresses and strains, at home and at work, for couples juggling multiple demands, which can have negative consequences for organisations. While most empirical research into this lifestyle has been conducted in the United States and Britain, very little has been carried out in Australia. This particular study, based on data from an Australian sample of 121 lawyers and accountants, was therefore aimed at analysing the levels of stress, work‐family conflict and overload among dual‐career and single‐career couples. The results confirm that dual‐career couples experience higher levels of stress, work‐family conflict and overload than single‐career couples. To enhance labour productivity and organisational effectiveness, human resource managers therefore need to take account of the potential for dual‐career stress, overload and conflict, and respond flexibly to dual‐career employee status.

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Elloy, D.F. and Smith, C.R. (2003), "Patterns of stress, work‐family conflict, role conflict, role ambiguity and overload among dual‐career and single‐career couples: an Australian study", Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 55-66. https://doi.org/10.1108/13527600310797531

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