Implications of overwork and overload for the quality of men's family relationships

Ann C. Crouter, Matthew F. Bumpus, Melissa R. Head, Susan M. McHale

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This study examined the implications of men's long work hours and role overload for the quality of their relationships with their wives and their firstborn (M = 15 years) and secondborn adolescent offspring (M = 12.5 years) in a sample of 190 dual-earner families. Holding constant men's occupational self-direction and level of education, long hours were related to less time spent with the wife but were unrelated to spouses' love, perspective-taking, or conflict; high levels of role overload consistently predicted less positive marital relationships. In contrast, the combination of long hours and high overload was consistently associated with less positive father-adolescent relationships, a pattern that was similar for older and younger adolescents and for sons and daughters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)404-416
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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