Date of Award

12-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Applied Psychology

Advisor

Dr. Robin M. Kowalski

Committee Member

Dr. Patrick J. Rosopa

Committee Member

Dr. Robert R. Sinclair

Abstract

Previous research suggests that work-family conflict is associated with negative attitudinal and health outcomes. However, few empirical studies have examined the ways in which employee work-family conflict may also decrease another important attitude, satisfaction with work-family balance. Drawing upon role theory and the Conservation of Resources (COR) model, the current paper examined prospective antecedents and outcomes of perceived satisfaction with work-family balance among 523 graduate student employees. Results indicated that work-family conflict mediated and moderated the demands-satisfaction relationship, and that mentor work-family support affected how work-family conflict influenced satisfaction with work-family balance. Results suggest that graduate student satisfaction with work-family balance is affected in several ways, and that mentors who are supportive of their protégés' work-family situations may enhance graduate student satisfaction--even in the face of conflict. Study limitations and practical implications are discussed.

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