Longitudinal Associations between Maternal Work Stress, Negative Work-Family Spillover, and Depressive Symptoms.
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The current study examined associations over an 18-month period between maternal work stressors, negative work-family spillover, and depressive symptoms in a sample of 414 employed mothers with young children living in six predominantly nonmetropolitan counties in the Eastern United States. Results from a one-group mediation model revealed that a less flexible work environment and greater work pressure predicted higher levels of depressive symptoms, and further, that these associations were mediated by perceptions of negative work-family spillover. Additionally, results from a two-group mediation model suggested that work pressure predicted greater perceptions of spillover only for mothers employed full-time. Findings suggest the need for policies that reduce levels of work stress and help mothers manage their work and family responsibilities.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1111/j.1741-3729.2009.00550.x
Publication InfoGoodman, Ben; Crouter, AC; & The Family Life Project Key Investigators (2009). Longitudinal Associations between Maternal Work Stress, Negative Work-Family Spillover, and Depressive Symptoms. Fam Relat, 58(3). pp. 245-258. 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2009.00550.x. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/15885.
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Ben Goodman, PhD, is a research scientist at the Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) and a senior fellow at the Center for Child & Family Health at Duke University. He currently serves as the co-director of the Family Connects home visiting programs at CCFP: Durham Connects. In this capacity, he oversees program evaluation for all communities implementing Family Connects and leads the impact evaluation