Journal article

Mothers' work-family conflict and enrichment: associations with parenting quality and couple relationship

AR Cooklin, E Westrupp, L Strazdins, R Giallo, A Martin, JM Nicholson

Child: Care, Health and Development | WILEY | Published : 2015


BACKGROUND: Employment participation of mothers of young children has steadily increased in developed nations. Combining work and family roles can create conflicts with family life, but can also bring enrichment. Work-family conflict and enrichment experienced by mothers may also impact children's home environments via parenting behaviour and the couple relationship, particularly in the early years of parenting when the care demands for young children is high. METHODS: In order to examine these associations, while adjusting for a wide range of known covariates of parenting and relationship quality, regression models using survey data from 2151 working mothers of 4- to 5-year-old children are..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by National Health & Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This paper 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 Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), 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 FaHCSIA, AIFS or the ABS. LSAC study design and data collection were funded by FaHCSIA. The authors were supported by funding from the Victorian Government Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (AC, RG, EW), Victorian Government Operational Infrastructure Support (EW, JN), the Australian Research Council (LS, Discovery Grant DP0774439) and the National Health & Medical Research Council (JN, Career Development Award 390136). We thank all parents and children who took part in the study, and the peer review provided by the LSAC working group attended by staff from Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and Parenting Research Centre.