• Journal Article

Implications of work pressure and supervisor support for fathers', mothers' and adolescents' relationships and well-being in dual-earner families

Citation

Ransford, C., Crouter, A. C., & McHale, S. M. (2008). Implications of work pressure and supervisor support for fathers', mothers' and adolescents' relationships and well-being in dual-earner families. Community, Work & Family, 11(1), 37-60. DOI: 10.1080/13668800701785312

Abstract

The present study investigates the implications of work pressure and supervisor support for individual psychosocial functioning, marital and parent-adolescent relationships. We examined the effects of work pressure and supervisor support separately for mothers and fathers and their adolescent children (M=17.33 years) in 156 white working- and middle-class, dual-earner families. Results revealed when husbands reported high work pressure and low supervisor support, both parents reported higher levels of depressive symptoms. When wives were in the high pressure/low support group, they reported lower levels of marital love, and both spouses reported less marital satisfaction. When either parent was in the high pressure/low support group, both parents reported higher levels of role overload, and families experienced more conflict and less intimacy in their relationships with their children. Their children also reported higher levels of depressive symptoms. Results associated with parent and child depressive symptoms, however, varied by parent and child sex.