Sex Roles

, Volume 53, Issue 7, pp 453–471

Relative Contributions of Childcare, Spousal Support, and Organizational Support in Reducing Work–Family Conflict for Men and Women: The Case of Turkey

Authors

    • Department of PsychologyKoç University
    • Department of PsychologyKoç University
  • Mehmet Eskin
    • Department of PsychologyKoç University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11199-005-7134-8

Cite this article as:
Aycan, Z. & Eskin, M. Sex Roles (2005) 53: 453. doi:10.1007/s11199-005-7134-8

Abstract

The overarching purpose of the study was to investigate the role of three types of social support (i.e., spousal, childcare, and organizational support) in relation to work–family conflict (WFC) in dual-earner families with children ages 0–6 years. The relationship of WFC to psychological well-being and well-being in the domain of family was explored. Finally, the relationship of spousal support to psychological well-being and marital satisfaction was examined. A total of 434 participants (237 mothers, 197 fathers) in dual-earner families in Turkey with at least one preschool child participated in the study. The relative impact of childcare, spousal support, and organizational support on WFC and outcome variables was tested simultaneously for both men and women through structural equation modeling. Spousal support was related to WFC for women, whereas both spousal and organizational support were related to WFC for men. WFC had a negative relationship with psychological well-being, marital satisfaction, and parental role performance for both men and women. Implications of the results in relation to changing gender roles in a cultural context that is characterized by high collectivism and low gender egalitarianism are discussed.

Keywords

work–family conflictsocial supportmen and womenTurkey

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