Work–family and family–work conflict and stress in times of COVID-19

Natasha Saman Elahi, Ghulam Abid, Francoise Contreras, Ignacio Aldeanueva Fernández

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This study aims to investigate the spillover impact of work-family/family–work conflict and stress on five major industrial sectors (education, textile, hospitals, banks, and retail stores), during the first wave of Covid-19. The purpose of this cross-sectional study is twofold; firstly, to test a hypothesized model where work-family/family-work conflicts are related to stress and where stress could exert a mediating role in such relationships. Secondly, we seek to explore the presence of these conflicts and stress in each of the five major industrial sectors and evaluate if there are significant differences between them, identifying the sociodemographic characteristics associated. Two questionnaires were applied to 748 employees from the selected industries. According to our results, stress predicts both types of conflict and also exerts a mediator role. It was primarily found that the five sectors are significantly different regarding the work-family/family-work conflicts and stress. Findings and implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number951149
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
StatePublished - Oct 11 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


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