The work-home interface: The role of home-based predictors of burnout among mothers

M.A. Missler, M.S. Stroebe, G. van der Laan

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Research into the work–home interface has mainly focused on work-related variables, leaving aspects associated with the home domain relatively understudied. This investigation examined both facilitation and conflict between home and work in a sample of 260 working mothers with children up to four years of age. Potential home domain predictors of burnout were examined, using structural equation modeling. A neglected home-related variable is satisfaction with substitute childcare. Thus, a new scale was developed to measure satisfaction with infant day care centers. Results show a substantial influence of home-based variables, thus supporting the need for inclusion of such variables. Parenting appraisals are related to home–work conflict and facilitation, and ultimately show the expected associations with burnout. Satisfaction with infant day care influences burnout through parenting stress and satisfaction with the parental role. These results are discussed in the light of existing literature and implications for practice are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-160
JournalFamily Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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