The effect of family involvement on work-related burnout We aimed to explain the influence of family involvement (family structure and family tasks) on feelings of burnout for employees who combine work and family tasks. The few previous studies that addressed family factors in explaining burnout only included general demographical characteristics, such as number of children, as explanatory factors. We used more informative proxies of family involvement: Number and age of children, characteristics of the partner, and the hours spend on careand household tasks by the employee. We compared two opposing theoretical models on the work-family linkage, the conflict theory and the enrichment approach, and investigated how they affect feelings of work related burnout for different aspects of family life. Data were taken from a multi measurement survey held in the Netherlands among 1114 employees. The analysis resulted in a more precise view on the work-family linkage. We found that having more household tasks increased feelings of burnout, whereas having children protected employees from feelings of burnout. Moreover, we investigated interaction effects of gender and norms about gender role division. We conclude that family life can be beneficial for work related burnout and that the relation between family factors and burnout differs between employees with traditional and modern norms.
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