Work-family spillover and daily reports of work and family stress in the adult labor force

Joseph G. Grzywacz, David M. Almeida, Daniel A. McDonald

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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 &-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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-36
Number of pages9
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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