Title

Developing work-family balance through conflict management

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Asian Journal of Social Psychology

Publication Date

6-1-2012

Volume

15

Issue

2

First Page

77

Last Page

88

Keywords

Cooperation and competition, Conflict management, Work-family conflict

Abstract

An often-neglected perspective is that work-family incompatibilities are not only intrapersonal role conflicts but also typically involve interpersonal conflicts. This study adopts an episodes approach and uses the theory of cooperation and competition to understand the interaction that promotes resolving work-family conflict incidents. Two-hundred and four Chinese dual-career parents each described a specific work-family conflict incident and responded to specific questions to code the interaction. Structural equation analyses indicated that cooperative goals facilitated constructive controversy that in turn promoted high quality resolutions, strong relationships, and confidence in the future of their work and family lives.

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-839X.2011.01363.x

Print ISSN

13672223

E-ISSN

1467839X

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd with the Asian Association of Social Psychology andthe Japanese Group Dynamics Association

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Recommended Citation

Lu, J., Tjosvold, D., Shi, K., & Wang, B. (2012). Developing work-family balance through conflict management. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 15(2), 77-88. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-839X.2011.01363.x