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Work-life balance among working mothers


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Jelušić, Jelena. (2005). Work-life balance among working mothers . Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Maslić Seršić, Darja].

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Data were collected from 177 working mothers recruited through their child's enrollment in few nursery schools in Zagreb. Informational letters explaining the purpose and the subject of the study were distributed to all mothers. The interested mothers filled out a questionnaire exammining organizational characteristics (family-friendly policies available at their place of work and job demands), working hours, distribution of family chores and child care among partners, two aspects of work-life balance: family-to-work interference and work-to-family interference and some demographic variables. Work-family balance is bi-directional construct: work can interfere with family (work-to-family interference) and family can interfere with work (family-to-work interference). It was found that working mothers experienced work-life interference from time to time and more often work-to-family than family-to-work interference. Family variables, i.e. number of children under 18 years and husbands contribution in domestic tasks and child care, accounted for a major part of the family-to-work interference, while organizational variables, i.e. number of hours spent in work related activities and job characteristics accounted for a major part of the work-to-family interference. As expected, organizational and family variables had different influence on two aspects of balance.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: work-life balance, work-family interference, family-friendly policies, job demands, partner's instrumental support
Subjects: Psychology > Psihologija rada i ergonomija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Maslić Seršić, Darja
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 14:06

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