Coping with work-family conflict: The reciprocal and additive contributions of personal coping and organizational family-friendly support

The aim of this study was to test three alternative models – additive, interactive, and reciprocal – of the relationship between personal coping strategies and formal organizational family-friendly supports in mitigating work-family conflict

Anit Somech

2012

Scholarcy highlights

  • The aim of this study was to test three alternative models – additive, interactive, and reciprocal – of the relationship between personal coping strategies and formal organizational family-friendly supports in mitigating work-family conflict
  • The reciprocal model was supported, as WFC decreased when individuals perceived the investments between their efforts in personal coping strategies and the organization's efforts in organizational supports as equal
  • In each model personal coping strategies proved a better approach to mitigating WFC than formal family-friendly supports
  • The findings suggest that the role of organizational support is important in decreasing WFC when employees lack the personal coping strategies required or when they perceive the organization's efforts to be unfair in relation to their own coping efforts
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