Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Applied Psychology

Committee Chair/Advisor

Dr. Robin M. Kowalski

Committee Member

Dr. Patrick J. Rosopa

Committee Member

Dr. Robert R. Sinclair


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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