Relationship between work interference with family and parent-child interactive behavior: Can guilt help?

Eunae Cho, Tammy D. Allen

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Despite its theoretical and practical importance, behavioral consequences of work-family conflict that reside in the family domain rarely have been examined. Based on two studies, the current research investigated the relationship of work-interference-with-family (WIF) with parent-child interactive behavior (i.e., educational, recreational, and passive activities) using survey data from employed parents. Furthermore, the moderating role of trait guilt on the focal relationships was examined. Results were generally consistent across the two studies and supported the hypotheses: both time- and strain-based WIF were negatively associated with educational and recreational activities; trait guilt moderated these relationships such that the relationships were weaker for parents higher on trait guilt than for those lower on trait guilt. By examining a family domain behavioral outcome of WIF and the constructive rather than dysfunctional role of guilt, the current research makes an important and novel contribution to the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-287
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Parent-child interactive behavior
  • Trait guilt
  • Work-interference-with-family

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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