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J Soc Psychol. 2002 Oct;142(5):645-62.

Work-family conflict, locus of control, and women's well-being: tests of alternative pathways.

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Department of Psychology, International Islamic University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. noraini@iiu.edu.my

Abstract

The author tested for the 3 possible pathways (i.e., direct, moderator, and mediator effects) in which locus of control can influence the relationship between work-family conflict and well-being. The author predicted that work-family conflict would be negatively correlated with well-being. In a sample of 310 Malaysian employed women with families, work-family conflict was a significant predictor of both job satisfaction and distress--negatively related to job satisfaction and positively related to symptoms of distress. More important, the results provided support for the effects of all 3 pathways of control on the relationship between work-family conflict and well-being, depending on the outcome measure: For job satisfaction, locus of control had direct effects, acted as a partial mediator, and played a significant moderating role. In contrast, only the direct effect of locus of control predicted distress. The author discusses those findings with reference to the literature on work-family conflict, locus of control, and the issue of stress-distress specificity.

PMID:
12236473
DOI:
10.1080/00224540209603924
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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