Work-family conflict: experiences and health implications among immigrant Latinos

J Appl Psychol. 2007 Jul;92(4):1119-30. doi: 10.1037/0021-9010.92.4.1119.


Work-family conflict research has focused almost exclusively on professional, White adults. The goal of this article was to expand the understanding of culture and industry in shaping experiences and consequences of work-family conflict. Using in-depth interview data (n = 26) and structured survey data (n = 200) from immigrant Latinos employed in the poultry processing industry, the authors evaluated predictions drawn from emerging models emphasizing the influence of cultural characteristics such as collectivism and gender ideology on work-family conflict. Results indicated that immigrant Latinos in poultry processing experienced infrequent work-to-family conflict; both the level and the antecedents of work-to-family conflict differed by gender, with physical demands contributing to greater conflict for women but not men. In addition, there was little evidence that work-family conflict was associated with health in this population. These results demonstrate how traditional models of work-family conflict need to be modified to reflect the needs and circumstances of diverse workers in the new global economy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Conflict, Psychological*
  • Culture
  • Emigration and Immigration*
  • Family / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Workplace / psychology*