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

E. Jeffrey Hill, Brigham Young University
Sarah June Carroll
Jeremy B. Yorgason
Jeffry H. Larson
Jonathan G. Sandberg


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.