The role of family support in work-family balance and subjective well-being of SME owners

Y. K. Leung, Jinia Mukerjee, Roy Thurik*

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Abstract

Drawing on the conservation of resources (COR) theory, we examine the role of two types of family support—emotional and instrumental support—in work-family balance and subjective well-being of small and medium enterprise (SME) owners. Using a sample of French SME owners, our results show that work-family balance mediates the relationship between family support and subjective well-being of SME owners. Surprisingly, while emotional support has a positive association, instrumental support has a negative association with the subjective well-being of SME owners via work-family balance. We provide a theoretical explanation by integrating COR theory with the threat to self-esteem model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-163
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Small Business Management
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • conservation of resources theory
  • emotional support
  • instrumental support
  • owners
  • Small and medium enterprises
  • subjective well-being
  • threat to self-esteem model
  • work-family balance

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