Testing the Spillover-Crossover Model between Work-Life Balance and Satisfaction in Different Domains of Life in Dual-Earner Households

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  • Berta Schnettler, Universidad de la Frontera, Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil
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  • Edgardo Miranda-Zapata, Universidad de la Frontera
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  • Klaus G. Grunert
  • Germán Lobos, Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil, Universidad de Talca
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  • María Lapo, Universidad Catolica de Santiago de Guayaquil
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  • Clementina Hueche, Universidad de la Frontera

This study explored the spillover and crossover associations between work-life balance and satisfaction with life, food-related life and family life in dual-earner parents. Questionnaires were administered to 303 dual-earner couples with adolescent children in Temuco, Chile. Both members of the couples answered the Work-life Balance (WLB) scale, Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), Satisfaction with Food-related Life scale (SWFoL) and the Satisfaction with Family Life scale (SWFaL). Using the actor-partner independence model and structural equation modeling and having controlled for the effects of age, number of children, number of family members and family socioeconomic status, we found that the man’s work-life balance was positively associated with his own levels of satisfaction with life, family life and food related life, as well as with his partner’s (the woman’s) levels of satisfaction with life, food related life and family life. Likewise, the woman’s work-life balance was positively associated with her own levels of satisfaction with life, family life and food related life, as well as with her partner’s (the man’s) levels of satisfaction with food related life and family life, but not with his level of life satisfaction. These findings suggest the need to improve work-life balance for employees of both genders in order to enhance their overall life satisfaction, as well as their satisfaction in the family and food domains.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftApplied Research in Quality of Life
ISSN1871-2584
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StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2020

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