Linkages between negative work-to-family spillover and mothers' and fathers' knowledge of their young adolescents' daily lives

Matthew F. Bumpus, Ann C. Crouter, Susan M. McHale

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Abstract

This study examines the relationships between mothers' and fathers' perceptions of negative work-to-family spillover and their knowledge of their preadolescent children's (mean age = 11.8 years) daily lives in a sample of dual-earner families. Three constructs are tested as potential mediators of the association between spillover and parental knowledge: marital love, parent-child involvement in joint activities, and parent-child acceptance. Evidence supporting mediation emerges for fathers: negative work-to-family spillover predicts paternal knowledge of children's daily activities indirectly via both (a) father-child acceptance and (b) fathers' involvement in joint activities with their children. No evidence in support of mediation is found for mothers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-59
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Early Adolescence
Volume26
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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