Title

Couple Communication as a Mediator Between Work–Family Conflict and Marital Satisfaction

Keywords

Work–family conflict, Marital satisfaction, Couples, Communication

Abstract

Using a sample of married individuals employed full-time (N = 1,117), this study examined the mediating effects of constructive and destructive communication between partners on the relationship between work–family conflict and marital satisfaction. Results from structural equation modeling revealed that work–family conflict was significantly and negatively related to marital satisfaction. This relationship became insignificant when constructive and destructive communication were added to the model, evidence for full mediation. This was confirmed with Sobel’s test for mediation. Results suggest that teaching communcation skills may be a potent point of intervention for couples who experience high levels of work–family conflict.

Original Publication Citation

Carroll, S. J., Hill, E. J, Yorgason, J., Larson, J. B., & Sandberg, J. G. (2013). Couple communication as a mediator between work-family conflict and marital satisfaction. Contemporary Family Therapy. 35, 530-545. doi: 10.1007/s10591-013-9237-7.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2013-01-23

Publisher

Contemporary Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

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