The supportive spouse at work: Does being work-linked help?

J Occup Health Psychol. 2016 Jan;21(1):37-50. doi: 10.1037/a0039538. Epub 2015 Aug 3.


Using a sample of 639 dual-career couples, we examined the role of work-related spousal support on work-family balance and subsequent outcomes for both the job incumbent as well as his or her spouse. We further investigated whether the resource of work-related spousal support contributed to greater balance for those couples who were work-linked (work in same organization, same occupation, or both) and those who were not. We found work-related spousal support contributed to work-family balance and subsequent improved family satisfaction and job satisfaction of the job incumbent. Furthermore, support crossed over to the spouse through increased work-family balance to decrease stress transmission to enhance family satisfaction and reduce relationship tension of the spouse. Implications for researchers and organizational leaders are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Family Relations
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Social Support*
  • Spouses / psychology*
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Work Schedule Tolerance