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Work-related influences on marital satisfaction amongst shiftworkers and their partners : a large, matched-pairs study

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Olav MuurlinkOlav Muurlink, D Peetz, G Murray
This study details a large cross-sectional couples-level exploration of work-related variables and marital satisfaction (MSAT) in a shift work context. It uses a recognized MSAT scale and a number of existing and new instruments to examine work characteristics that include: support, safety climate, work–life balance, and sleep, in combination with scales for other commonly used explanatory variables in MSAT studies. The study shows that work-specific variables explain significant proportions of the variance in MSAT in both shiftworker and partner samples. We see the operation of spillover effects (work affecting other aspects of life), primary crossover effects (where the partner’s perception of the shiftworker’s job affects their own MSAT), and secondary crossover effects (where aspects of the shiftworker’s attitudes or behavior, measured in the shiftworker survey, influence partner MSAT in the partner survey). Work–life interference influences marital dissatisfaction, with negative views on the part of the partner to their spouse’s work–life interface being more important than partner perceptions about the partner’s own work–life balance. Social support for both parties, sleep quality, shiftworker morningness, psychological health, workplace risk culture, and job insecurity all played some role in MSAT, as did demographic variables such as age and the presence of children.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

17

Issue

3

Start Page

288

End Page

307

Number of Pages

20

eISSN

1469-3615

ISSN

1366-8803

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Routledge

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Community, work & family.