A longitudinal study of work-family conflict and its health consequences

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 2450000 SEK


The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has recently announced that imbalance between work and private life is one of the main psychosocial risks today. Cross-sectional studies have shown that the double burden of work and family affect among others job satisfaction, sleep quality, self-rated health, and sick leave. Despite extensive research, many aspects of this most relevant issue are still not illuminated. Because a large part of the research is based on cross-sectional studies knowledge of future consequences of work – family conflict is still inadequate. Also knowledge about possibly positive effects of work on family life and vice versa is insufficient.

The study aim is to identify strategies that help to combine work with family life and to develop a theory of positive interaction between these spheres. Underlying mechanisms regarding positive and negative effects on work and family will be studied as well as their prospective impact on the subjective and objective health. Data will be obtained from the SLOSH (Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health) study, a nationwide representative survey with linked register data which follows the participants in the 2003 and 2005 Swedish Work Environment Surveys every second year. Qualitative data will be obtained from focus group discussions. SLOSH contains among others questions concerning the workplace and working hours as well as questions regarding work –family balance. Subjective and objective health measures exist. In focus group discussions, we will discuss experiences of work – family conflict, how work and family enrich each other and factors that facilitate the combination. Questions based on results from the focus group discussions will be used in SLOSH 2012. The results will help to identify effective methods to facilitate the balance between work and family and should thereby contribute to better health and reduced costs for individuals and society.

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