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Work, family and life-course fit: does control over work time matter?

Authors
Moen-P; Kelly-E; Huang-Q
Source
J Vocat Behav 2008 Dec; 73(3):414-425
NIOSHTIC No.
20042146
Abstract
This study moves from "work-family" to a multi-dimensional "life-course fit" construct (employees' cognitive assessments of resources, resource deficits, and resource demands), using a combined work-family, demands-control and ecology of the life course framing. It examined (1) impacts of job and home ecological systems on fit dimensions, and (2) whether control over work time predicted and mediated life-course fit outcomes. Using cluster analysis of survey data on a sample of 917 white-collar employees from Best Buy headquarters, we identified four job ecologies (corresponding to the job demands-job control model) and five home ecologies (theorizing an analogous home demands-home control model). Job and home ecologies predicted fit dimensions in an additive, not interactive, fashion. Employees' work-time control predicted every life-course fit dimension and partially mediated effects of job ecologies, organizational tenure, and job category.
Keywords
Workers; Worker-health; Occupations; Behavior; Employee-health; Employees; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-practices; Families; Job-analysis; Men; Women; Sociological-factors; Sociology; Life-sciences; Control-methods; Author Keywords: Work-family; Job and home ecologies; Life-course fit; Job strain; Role train/enhancement; Demandcontrol; Work time control; Control over work time; Job and home systems
Contact
Phyllis Moen, Sociology Department, University of Minnesota, 909 Social Sciences Building, 267 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
CODEN
JVBHA2
Publication Date
20081201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
phylmoen@umn.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U01-OH-008788
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0001-8791
Source Name
Journal of Vocational Behavior
State
MN; OR
Performing Organization
Portland State University
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