Work and family satisfaction and conflict: a meta-analysis of cross-domain relations

J Appl Psychol. 2007 Jan;92(1):57-80. doi: 10.1037/0021-9010.92.1.57.


This meta-analysis is a review of the literature examining the relations among stressors, involvement, and support in the work and family domains, work-family conflict, and satisfaction outside of those domains. Results suggest that a considerable amount of variability in family satisfaction is explained by work domain-specific variables, whereas a considerable amount of variability in job satisfaction is explained by family domain-specific variables, with job and family stress having the strongest effects on work-family conflict and cross-domain satisfaction. The authors propose future directions for research on work and family issues focusing on other explanatory mechanisms and moderators of cross-domain relations.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Conflict, Psychological*
  • Employment*
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personal Satisfaction*
  • Social Support