Work-Family Conflict and its Antecedents among Single Mother Employees

By Aminah Ahmad, Maznah Baba and Siti Aishah Hassan.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Researchers have identified work-family conflict as one of the major stressors in the workplace leading to various negative outcomes, including impaired well-being. Although many studies have been conducted on the experience of work-family conflict on dual-earner couples, only a few were conducted on single parent employees. This study examines work-family conflict among single mother employees and its antecedents including dispositional (locus of control and perfectionism), job (role overload, role conflict and job flexibility) and organizational (supervisor support) factors. Data were gathered from 159 Malaysian single mother employees using self-administered questionnaires. The findings of the study indicated that 66% of the single mother employees experienced moderate to high levels of work-family conflict. The factors that characterize employees disposition including locus of control and perfectionism, their job factors including role conflict and role overload, as well as their supervisors’ support contributed significantly (51%) to work-family conflict. The findings imply the need for measures to be taken by employees, human resource managers and organizations pertaining to the antecedent factors to help reduce the level of work-family conflict.

Keywords: Work-Family Conflict, Employee Disposition, Job Factors, Supervisor Support, Single Mother Employees

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 8, pp.81-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.242MB).

Dr. Aminah Ahmad

Professor, Department of Professional Development and Continuing Education, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Maznah Baba

Senior Lecturer, Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Siti Aishah Hassan

Lecturer, Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology, Faculty of Educational Studies, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia


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