Work–family conflict, relational turbulence mechanisms, conflict tactics and marital satisfaction*

Timothy R. Worley, Marina R. Shelton

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This study examined how work–family conflict (WFC) is associated with mechanisms of relational turbulence, conflict tactics, and marital satisfaction. Six hundred and thirty-three married workers completed an online survey. Family interference with work and spouses’ work interfering with one’s family predicted greater relational uncertainty and interference from partners, whereas one’s own work interfering with family did not predict these mechanisms of turbulence. All three sources of relational uncertainty, and interference from partners, predicted increased avoidance and distributive tactic use. Facilitation from partners predicted increased use of integrative tactics. Finally, relational uncertainty, interference from partners, and distributive conflict tactics partially mediated the associations of WFC with marital satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-269
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Applied Communication Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 3 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


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