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Work-family conflict as a mediator of the work stress - mental health relationship


  • Poelmans, Steven

    () (IESE Business School)


The relationship between work stressors and mental health outcomes has been demonstrated in a whole range of work stress models and studies. But less has been written about factors outside the work setting that might predict or moderate the relationship between work stressors and strain. In this exploratory study, we suggest a model linking work stressors and "time-based" work-family conflict (TWFC) with mental health, with the intention to contribute to the refinement of the traditional work stress-model. In a quantitative study of 115 Spanish managers, we found that TWFC mediates the relationship between some work stressors and mental health. This implies that mental health problems will increase if work stress spills over to the family and consequently causes work-family conflict. Future managerial stress research should further test TWFC as an intervening variable linking work stressors and mental health.

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  • Poelmans, Steven, 2001. "Work-family conflict as a mediator of the work stress - mental health relationship," IESE Research Papers D/443, IESE Business School.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebg:iesewp:d-0443

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    1. Karl Jöreskog, 1978. "Structural analysis of covariance and correlation matrices," Psychometrika, Springer;The Psychometric Society, vol. 43(4), pages 443-477, December.
    2. Poelmans, Steven & Chinchilla, Mª Nuria & Cardona, Pablo, 1999. "Exploratory study of managerial stress in Spain, An," IESE Research Papers D/399, IESE Business School.
    3. Higgins, Christopher Alan & Duxbury, Linda Elizabeth & Irving, Richard Harold, 1992. "Work-family conflict in the dual-career family," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Elsevier, vol. 51(1), pages 51-75, February.
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    Work-family conflict; stress; mental health;

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    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General

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