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Document ID (ISN)111943
CIS number 11-0738
ISSN - Serial title 0267-8373 - Work and Stress
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Cowlishaw S., Evans L., McLennan J.
Title Work-family conflict and crossover in volunteer emergency service workers
Bibliographic information 3rd quarter 2010, Vol.24, No.3, p.342-358. Illus. 59 ref.
Internet access Work-family_conflict.pdf [in English]
Abstract A growing body of literature indicates that organizational and work demands place pressure on the partners and families of volunteer workers, as it does on paid workers. This study evaluated a conceptual model integrating work-family conflict and stress crossover theoretical frameworks, to investigate the mechanisms by which emergency service volunteer work predicts outcomes for the partners of volunteers. Matched data from 102 couples in which one partner was an Australian emergency services volunteer (fire-fighter, ambulance officer or emergency rescue volunteer) were analyzed using structural equation modelling. Findings suggested that one mechanism by which inter-role conflict related to partner adjustment was through elevated withdrawn marital behaviour and decreased intimacy reported by the couple, which indirectly affected partners' distress. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Australia; human behaviour; emergency services; voluntary workers; stress factors
Descriptors (secondary) psychology and sociology; human relations; questionnaire survey; statistical evaluation; fire fighting; non-occupational factors
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Browse category(ies) Mental stress and burnout
Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Health care services
Psychological factors