Is parents' work involvement responsive to the quality of relationships with adolescent offspring?

Melissa R. Fortner, Ann C. Crouter, Susan M. McHale

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Abstract

Researchers know relatively little about how family relationships influence work involvement, although individuals are concerned about how family life interferes with or enhances work experiences. This study examined change in parents' work involvement as a function of relationship quality with offspring (mean age = 15 years) with data from 191 families participating in a longitudinal study. Results suggested a compensatory association between parents' feelings of acceptance and warmth toward offspring and work involvement. Less positive acceptance predicted (a) increasing emotional job involvement for mothers with sons and fathers with daughters and (b) increasing work hours for fathers with daughters. Results highlight how parents may compensate for less positive relationships with adolescents and are discussed in terms of research and applied implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)530-538
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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