Applied Research in Quality of Life

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 65–82 | Cite as

The Effect of Work/Family Conflict on Intention to Quit: The Mediating Roles of Job and Life Satisfaction

  • Joseph C. RodeEmail author
  • Michael T. Rehg
  • Janet P. Near
  • John R. Underhill


Research has shown consistently that job satisfaction predicts turnover, but much less attention has been given to the how relationships between work and nonwork or how overall subjective evaluations of life (i.e., life satisfaction) affects turnover. We tested a model that included job satisfaction, life satisfaction, and conflict between work and nonwork domains of life as predictors of intent to quit. Results from a sample of Air Force personnel revealed that life satisfaction was a significant predictor of intent to quit after controlling for job satisfaction, and that both job and life satisfaction mediated the effects of role conflict between work and nonwork on intent to quit. We consider implications of these findings for both theory and practice.


Life satisfaction Job satisfaction Role conflict Turnover 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph C. Rode
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael T. Rehg
    • 2
  • Janet P. Near
    • 3
  • John R. Underhill
    • 4
  1. 1.Richard T. Farmer School of BusinessMiami UniversityOxfordUSA
  2. 2.Graduate School of Engineering and ManagementAir Force Institute of TechnologyDaytonUSA
  3. 3.Kelley School of BusinessIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  4. 4.Wright-Patterson AFBUnited States Air ForceDaytonUSA

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