Work involvement and the quality of two-career marital relationships - the mediating role of stress and role conflicts

Aleksandra Peplińska , Dorota Godlewska-Werner , Piotr Połomski , Aleksandra Lewandowska-Walter


A two-career marriage is a modern family model, within which both partners pursue a career as employees, often in leadership positions, but also a career associated with holding specific roles in the family, marriage and the household. The aim of this study was to verify the relationship between the level of work engagement and the subjective quality of marital relationships. Moreover, the research attempted to find variables which may mediate the relationship, such as levels of occupational stress experienced, conflict/facilitation of occupational and personal roles and gender. The study was conducted among 150 two-career married couples, with both partners working actively on the competitive labour market, often holding leadership positions and balancing their professional and family roles. All of the participants, aged 28 to 40, had completed higher education and had at least 1 child. The study used the Work-related Behaviour and Experience Pattern Test (AVEM), Well-Matched Marriage Questionnaire (KDM-2), Stress Questionnaire and the Questionnaire of Work and Family Balance. Statistical analysis indicated that work involvement of two-career couples positively contributes to increasing the subjectively perceived quality of their marital relationships. The level of occupational commitment also has a positive relationship with the level of stress experienced and work – family conflicts. Such stress and conflicts are important mediators in the positive relationship between work involvement and the quality of marital relationship. Therefore, if the partners’ work is linked to significant stress, generating additional work-family conflicts, it may consequently negatively affect the quality of marital relations of the dyads.
Author Aleksandra Peplińska (FSS / IPsych / DEPOP)
Aleksandra Peplińska,,
- Division of Economic Psychology and Organizational Psychology
, Dorota Godlewska-Werner (FSS / IPsych / DEPOP)
Dorota Godlewska-Werner,,
- Division of Economic Psychology and Organizational Psychology
, Piotr Połomski (FSS / IPsych / DPS)
Piotr Połomski,,
- Division of Psychometrics and Statistics
, Aleksandra Lewandowska-Walter (FSS / IPsych / DRFQL)
Aleksandra Lewandowska-Walter,,
- Division of Research on Family and Quality of Life
Journal seriesPolish Psychological Bulletin, ISSN 0079-2993, e-ISSN 1641-7844, (C 15 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets1
Keywords in Englishtwo-career couples, work involvement, role conflict, quality of life, occupational stress
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); published final; Uznanie Autorstwa - Użycie Niekomercyjne - Bez utworów zależnych (CC-BY-NC-ND); with publication
Score (nominal)15
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