Resource-Building Processes Across Life Domains: Father-Child Interactions as Starting Points for Resource Caravans

Petra L. Klumb, Soomi Lee, Sebastian Siegler, Bernhard Piskernik, Regina Jensen, Manuel C. Voelkle

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In two studies, we examined preconditions of resource-building processes between family and work. Focusing on positive father-child interactions, we investigated positive mood states as links between the two life domains. Fathers employed in information technology (N1 = 59) and the retail sector (N2 = 75) participated in micro-longitudinal studies, both for eight consecutive workdays. Study 1 revealed that fathers with more positive interactions with a child also reported more positive mood states and fathers with more positive mood states perceived more social resources from their supervisor during the week. The indirect effect was small but significant. In Study 2, multilevel structural-equation models did not find indirect effects at the within-person level but did show that positive father-child interactions after work were related to fathers’ positive mood states before going to bed and positive mood in the morning predicted perceived social resources from supervisors (but not from coworkers) in the forenoon. There were also positive effects of perceived social resources from supervisors on positive mood states, after work. But these did not translate into an increase in positive father-child interactions, in the evening. Hence, only single elements were supported but not the overall resource caravan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3263-3283
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Happiness Studies
Issue number7
StatePublished - Oct 2022

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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