Methodological choices in work-life balance research 1987 to 2006 : a critical review

Chang, Artemis, McDonald, Paula K., & Burton, Pauline M. (2010) Methodological choices in work-life balance research 1987 to 2006 : a critical review. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 21(13), pp. 2381-2413.

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This study reviewed methodological choices (sampling frames, constructs investigated and measures used) in 245 empirical work-life balance papers published in a range of discipline-based peer-reviewed journals between 1987 and 2006. Results show that work-life balance studies need to establish greater consistency between the conceptualization of constructs and the operationalization of measures. There is also scope for well-designed field experiments to establish clear causal relationships between variables. Sampling choice in previous literature is somewhat constrained and may be enhanced by targeting single and same-sex parent families, manual and lower-skilled service workers, and employees providing eldercare. Researchers should also be more transparent in providing rationales for their choices of organizations or group lists used to target respondents. The findings have significant implications for understanding, interpreting, and utilizing the contemporary work and family literature.

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ID Code: 18516
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: work and family, review, methodology, work and family conflict, work and family balance, work and family inteference
DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2010.516592
ISSN: 0958-5192
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2009 03:20
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:41

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