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Mothers’ work–family conflict and enrichment:associations with parenting quality and couple relationship


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Cooklin, AR, Westrupp, E, Strazdins, L, Giallo, R, Martin, AJ and Nicholson, MJ 2014 , 'Mothers’ work–family conflict and enrichment:associations with parenting quality and couple relationship' , Child: Care, Health and Development , pp. 1-12 , doi: 10.1111/cch.12137.

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Background Employment participation of mothers of young children has steadily increased in
developed nations. Combining work and family roles can create conflicts with family life, but can
also bring enrichment.Work–family conflict and enrichment experienced by mothers may also
impact children’s home environments via parenting behaviour and the couple relationship,
particularly in the early years of parenting when the care demands for young children is high.
Methods In order to examine these associations, while adjusting for a wide range of known
covariates of parenting and relationship quality, regression models using survey data from
2151 working mothers of 4- to 5-year-old children are reported.
Results/Conclusion Results provided partial support for the predicted independent relationships
between work–family conflict, enrichment and indicators of the quality of parenting and the
couple relationship.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cooklin, AR and Westrupp, E and Strazdins, L and Giallo, R and Martin, AJ and Nicholson, MJ
Keywords: Work, conflict, mother, parent, parenting quality, couple relationship, child
Journal or Publication Title: Child: Care, Health and Development
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/cch.12137
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