Work Family Spill Over, Relational Communication and Cross Over of Family Satisfaction in Dual Earner Couples

Author: Shiba Saeed
Supervisor: Iram Fatima, PhD
Degree: MPhil

Year: 2013-2015

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

The present research aimed to test spillover and crossover models in dual-earner couples by investigating the relationship between work- family positive/negative spillover and satisfaction with family life that in turn crossover to spouses. It further aimed to explore the mediating role of communication styles in transfer of family satisfaction between couples. Correlational research design was used. The participants comprised of 110 dual-earner couples, with graduation as minimum academic qualification, working in various organizations. The non- probability snowball and purposive sampling strategies were used to select the sample. Urdu translated versions of Survey Work-home Interaction- Nijmegen (SWING) (Geurts et al., 2005), Relational Communication Scale (Burgoon & Hale, 1987), and Satisfaction with Family Life Scale (Zabriskie & Ward, 2013) were used to assess work- family spillover, relational communication and family satisfaction respectively. The results of Pearson product moment correlation indicated significant relationships among work-family spillover, relational communication and family satisfaction. Direct crossover of family satisfaction from wives to husbands was indicated by Structural Equation Modeling analysis (SEM). The results of SEM analyses further offered support for the mediating role of relational communication (similarity, equality, composure, dominance, and formality) in crossover of satisfaction with family life, although gender differences were observed regarding crossover. This implies that work-oriented experiences may result in family satisfaction that crossover between couples. The findings of this research will be aiding for the counselors, family and communication therapist for family or couple therapy.

Keywords: Work Family Spill Over, Relational Communication, Family Satisfaction.
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