Women and mental health: the interaction of job and family conditions

J Health Soc Behav. 1992 Dec;33(4):316-27.


Current research on the effects of wives' employment on their well-being focuses on the determinants of those effects. Most studies have used a gender model that concentrates on family conditions as mediators. In contrast, studies of the effects of employment on men typically use a job model and focus on work rather than family conditions as determinants. To understand fully the impact of employment on women, these models should be combined. We predict that certain work and family conditions interact, specifically, that the degree of control at work moderates the effects of demands in the family. Using two data sets on community mental health, we have found some support for this hypothesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Mental Health*
  • Middle Aged
  • New York City
  • Women's Health*