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Work-home interference among recently graduated employees: Does a change in work centrality between graduation and employment matter?


  • De Vos, A.
  • Dikkers, J.
  • De Hauw, S.

    (Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School)


This study examined the association of two work-related factors, namely working hours and fulfilment of expectations related to work-home balance, with work-home interference for two groups of recently graduated Belgian employees based on their change in work centrality between graduation (T1 = 2004) and current employment (T2 = 2007), i.e. employees with increasing work centrality (n = 43) and employees with decreasing work centrality (n = 75). In addition, the moderating effect of self-management as a coping skill is investigated for both associations. By means of hierarchical regression analyses, three main conclusions have been withdrawn. First, working longer hours leads to more work-home interference, independent of respondents’ change in work centrality. Second, respondents whose expectations regarding work-home balance have been fulfilled experience less work-home interference than those whose expectations have not been fulfilled. This association is, however, only found for respondents with decreasing work centrality. Finally, self-management as a coping mechanism only moderates the effect of expectation fulfilment on work-home interference for respondents with decreasing levels of work centrality, but does not influence the relationship between working hours and work-home interference.

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  • De Vos, A. & Dikkers, J. & De Hauw, S., 2009. "Work-home interference among recently graduated employees: Does a change in work centrality between graduation and employment matter?," Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School Working Paper Series 2009-29, Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School.
  • Handle: RePEc:vlg:vlgwps:2009-29

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    work-home interference; work centrality; working hours; expectation fulfilment; self-management;

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