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The paths to mental health: An exploratory study of husbands and wives in dual‐career families

The paths to mental health: An exploratory study of husbands and wives in dual‐career families This exploratory study tried to trace the links among three sets of exogenous variables—individual differences, work and non‐work factors—two endogenous variables—job satisfaction and life satisfaction, and the dependent variable, mental health, for husbands and wives in dual‐earner families to see if there were differences in the paths for the two groups. Data were collected from 166 non‐traditional families and the 332 responses were analysed to establish the links. It was found in this cross‐sectional study that, while both job satisfaction and life satisfaction had direct influences on the mental health of the husbands, such was not the case for the wives. For the wives, life satisfaction and two of the exogenous variables—multiple role stress and number of children—had significant direct links to their mental health. The implications of the findings of this exploratory cross‐sectional study for future research in the area are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology Wiley

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1985 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0963-1798
eISSN
2044-8325
DOI
10.1111/j.2044-8325.1985.tb00188.x
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Abstract

This exploratory study tried to trace the links among three sets of exogenous variables—individual differences, work and non‐work factors—two endogenous variables—job satisfaction and life satisfaction, and the dependent variable, mental health, for husbands and wives in dual‐earner families to see if there were differences in the paths for the two groups. Data were collected from 166 non‐traditional families and the 332 responses were analysed to establish the links. It was found in this cross‐sectional study that, while both job satisfaction and life satisfaction had direct influences on the mental health of the husbands, such was not the case for the wives. For the wives, life satisfaction and two of the exogenous variables—multiple role stress and number of children—had significant direct links to their mental health. The implications of the findings of this exploratory cross‐sectional study for future research in the area are discussed.

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Journal of Occupational and Organizational PsychologyWiley

Published: Jun 1, 1985

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