Work Interference with Dinnertime as a Mediator and Moderator Between Work Hours and Work and Family Outcomes
family meals, work—family conflict, dinnertime, work—family facilitation, family rituals
Using a sample of U.S. IBM employees who are parents (N = 1,580), the authors evaluated whether work interference with dinnertime mediates and moderates the relationship between work hours and work, personal, and family outcomes. The negative relationships between work hours and success in personal life, relationships with spouse/partner and children, and the perception of an emotionally healthy workplace were mediated by work interference with dinnertime. The positive relationship between work hours and work—family conflict was partially mediated. Testing for interactions revealed evidence of the moderating effect of dinnertime and gender. These findings provide strong support for the potential role of dinnertime in reducing the negative work, personal, and family outcomes associated with long work hours and conflict in the work—family interface.
Original Publication Citation
Jacob, J., Allen, S. M., Hill, E. J. Mead, N. L. (2008). Work interference with dinnertime as a mediator and moderator between work hours and work and family outcomes. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal 36(4), 310-327.doi: 10.1177/1077727X08316025
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Jacob, Jenet; Hill, E. Jeffrey; Mead, Nicole L.; Allen, Sarah; and Ferris, Maria, "Work Interference with Dinnertime as a Mediator and Moderator Between Work Hours and Work and Family Outcomes" (2009). Faculty Publications. 2274.
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
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