Family routines and family satisfaction in Singapore: work–family fit as a moderator


family meals, family routines, family satisfaction, family TV viewing, work–family fit


This study explored the relationships between five types of everyday family routines (leisure, chores, TV viewing, worship, and meals) with family satisfaction, and the degree to which work–family fit (WFF ) moderated this relationship. Data come from a nationally representative sample of workers in Singapore, using a subset of 623 married, employed parents. Results revealed that family routines were differentially related to family satisfaction, with TV viewing having the strongest positive relationship. WFF itself was directly related to greater family satisfaction and also moderated the relationships between family routines and family satisfaction. Findings suggest WFF – the perception of successfully integrating work and personal/family life – is strongly related to family satisfaction and may play a role in helping employed parents to experience benefits in the home, in the workplace, and even in their health and well‐being.

Original Publication Citation

Jones, B., Hill, E. J., & Miller R. (2020). Family routines and family satisfaction in Singapore: Work-family fit as a moderator. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources.58, 24-45.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date



Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources




Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor