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Working mothers: Family-work conflict, job performance and family/work variables

Cynthia J Patel, Vasanthee Govender, Zubeda Paruk, Sarojini Ramgoon
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 32, No 2 | a238 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v32i2.238 | © 2006 Cynthia J Patel, Vasanthee Govender, Zubeda Paruk, Sarojini Ramgoon | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 October 2006 | Published: 29 October 2006

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Cynthia J Patel, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College), South Africa
Vasanthee Govender, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College), South Africa
Zubeda Paruk, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College), South Africa
Sarojini Ramgoon, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College), South Africa

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Abstract

The present study examined the relationship between family-work conflict, job performance and selected work and family characteristics in a sample of working mothers employed at a large retail organization. The hypothesis of a negative relationship between family-work conflict and job performance was rejected. Married women reported significantly higher family-work conflict than unmarried women, while women in the highest work category gained the highest job performance rating. More than half the sample indicated that paid work was more important than their housework and reported that their working had a positive impact on their families. The findings are discussed in relation to the changing work and family identities of non-career women.

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Employed mothers; Family-work conflict; Job performance

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