The relationships among part-time work, work-family interference, and well-being

Karen Van Rijswijk*, Marrie H.J. Bekker, Christel G. Rutte, Marcel A. Croon

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The authors investigated the effect of part-time work on work-family interference and well-being among 160 part-time and 29 full-time employed mothers (with a partner) working at 2 insurance companies in the Netherlands. The authors controlled for working part time as a strategy for reducing work-family imbalance and found that part-time work was associated with a lower level of work-to-family interference. Also, high levels of work-family interference were associated with diminished well-being. Work-to-family interference played a mediating role in the relationship between part-time work and well-being. Results indicate that part-time jobs can enhance the work-family balance not only for those explicitly choosing part-time employment as a means to reduce work-family imbalance but also for other employees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-295
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Occupational Health Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2004
Externally publishedYes


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