January 2016-November 2018
Assistant Professor of Managerial Sciences
National Science Foundation
This project examines the effects of parental work-family conflict on adolescent psychosocial adjustment. Parents of adolescents often feel it is difficult to carry out obligations at work, while at the same time attending to matters at home. As a result of this work-family conflict, a parent may experience low morale at work, stress and depression, which has profound effects on their work engagement and productivity. Such tension between work and family may potentially impact the home environment as well, negatively affecting how adolescent children in the family think, feel and behave. Moreover, it is conceivable that a strained relationship and/or episodes of low quality interaction between the parent and his/her adolescent children may have negative effects on parental work. However, there is little experimental evidence on these effects, nor much insight on the day-to-day dynamics of the bi-directional relationships between parental work-family interface and parent-child interactions. This project seeks to study work-family conflict and its effects on the home environment (and vice versa) using controlled laboratory methods and methods that allow for the study of these factors in real life outside of the laboratory. Understanding the ways in which work-family conflict and the home environment influence each other, may lead to a better understanding of how to improve functioning in both work and home domains, thus increasing parents’ work engagement and productivity. This project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1629222. The laboratory study part of this project will be carried out at Dr. Andres De Los Reyes’s Lab at University of Maryland.