Journal article

Australian parents' work-family conflict: accumulated effects on children's family environment and mental health

Liana S Leach, Huong Dinh, Amanda Cooklin, Jan M Nicholson, Lyndall Strazdins

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2020


PURPOSE: Many parents struggle to balance their work and family responsibilities. Yet, little research in the field of social psychiatry has explored the emergence of work-family conflict (WFC) as an important social determinant of mental health, particularly for children. The current study used longitudinal Australian population-based data to investigate the impact of parents' accumulated experiences of work-family conflict on children's mental health. Levels of parent psychological distress, marital satisfaction and parenting irritability were examined as potential explanatory factors within the family environment. METHODS: The study used five waves of data from the Australian Longitudinal..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian Rotary Health - Mental Health Research Grant. AC and JN were supported through the Roberta Holmes Transition to Contemporary Parenthood Program, Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University. This article uses unit record data from Growing Up in Australia, the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children. The study is conducted in partnership between the Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS), the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The findings and views reported are those of the authors and should not be attributed to DSS, AIFS or the ABS.