Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Legacy Department

Applied Psychology

Advisor

Robert Sinclair

Committee Member

Patrick Rosopa

Committee Member

MaryAnne Taylor

Abstract

Work-family conflict is a prevalent and increasingly important issue for both employers and employees due to the adverse effects it can produce. Prior research has shown that income has a relationship with several well-being constructs. However, the relationship income has with work-family conflict is relatively understudied (Byron, 2007). The few studies that do examine income show inconsistent findings (Byron, 2007). One reason for this may be the definition of income used. I used a longitudinal sample of 606 Mechanical Turk workers to examine the relationship between income and work-family conflict more precisely by redefining the way income is measured. Additionally, I sought to examine the mechanisms by which income and work-family conflict share a relationship and found that higher-income employees do have more resources to cope with the negative effects of work-family conflict but that one resource alone may not be sufficient to buffer the effects, rather a combination of resources is needed.

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