Antecedents of work‐family conflict among dual‐career couples: an Australian study

David F. Elloy (School of Business Administration, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington 99258)
Catherine Smith (Business and Law Faculty, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Queensland)

Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal

ISSN: 1352-7606

Publication date: 1 December 2004

Abstract

The dual‐career phenomenon has become increasingly prevalent worldwide. For couples juggling multiple demands, this lifestyle often generates stresses and strains at home and at work, which can have negative consequences for organizations. Most empirical research into this lifestyle often generates stresses and strains at home and at work, which can have negative consequences for organizations. Most empirical research into this lifestyle has been conducted in the United States and Britain, and very little has been carried out in Australia. This particular study, based on data from an Australian sample of 62 lawyers and accountants, analysed the antecedents of work‐family conflict among dual‐career couples. The results confirm that overload, role conflict and role conflict significantly effect work‐family conflict. To enhance labour productivity and organisational effectiveness, therefore, human resource managers need to take account of the potential for dual‐career overload and conflict, and respond flexibly to dual‐career employee status.

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Elloy, D. and Smith, C. (2004), "Antecedents of work‐family conflict among dual‐career couples: an Australian study", Cross Cultural Management: An International Journal, Vol. 11 No. 4, pp. 17-27. https://doi.org/10.1108/13527600410797927

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