Title

Work Family Conflict in Workgroups: Social Information Processing, Support, and Demographic Dissimilarity

Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

1-2010

Abstract

We used social information processing theory to examine the effect of work-family conflict (WFC) at the work group level on individuals' experience of WFC. Consistent with hypotheses, results suggest that WFC at the work group level influences individual WFC over and above the shared work environment and job demands. It was also observed that work group support and demographic dissimilarity moderate this relationship. Moderator analyses suggest that work group social support buffers WFC for individuals but is also associated with a stronger effect of work group WFC on individuals' WFC. Moreover, the work group effect on individuals' WFC was shown to be stronger for individuals who were demographically dissimilar to the work group in terms of sex and number of dependents. The interpretations and implications of these findings are discussed.

Keywords

similarity, social information processing, social support, work groups, work-family conflict.

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Organizational Behavior and Theory

Research Areas

Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources

Publication

Journal of Applied Psychology

Volume

95

Issue

1

First Page

145

Last Page

158

ISSN

0021-9010

Identifier

10.1037/a0017885

Publisher

American Psychological Association

City or Country

USA