Linking parents' work pressure and adolescents' well-being: insights into dynamics in dual-earner families.

Ann C. Crouter, M. F. Bumpus, M. C. Maguire, Susan Marie McHale

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Abstract

This study focused on the connections between mothers' and fathers' work pressure and the psychological adjustment of their older (M = 15 years) and younger (M = 12.5 years) adolescent offspring in a sample of 190 dual-earner families. Structural equation models revealed that the effects of work pressure on adolescent well-being were mediated by parental role overload and parent-adolescent conflict. Work-family linkages were similar for mothers and fathers with one exception: Fathers' work pressure predicted both parents' feelings of role overload, whereas mothers' work pressure predicted only their own overload, not their spouses'. The patterns of association were consistent for older and younger adolescent siblings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1453-1461
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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