Linking parents' work stress to children's and adolescents' psychological adjustment

Ann C. Crouter, Matthew F. Bumpus

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Recent research indicates that parental work stress has implications for the quality of family interactions and, in turn, children's and adolescents' adjustment appear to be indirect. Work stress is linked to parents' feelings of overload and strain, which in turn predict lower parent-child acceptance and higher conflict, processes that in turn are related to less positive adjustment of children and adolescents. In the face of high work stress, withdrawing from family involvement may be adaptive in the short run but ultimately problematic. The strength of these associations depends on perents' personality qualities, parents' coping styles, and work and family circumtances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-159
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2001


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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