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Boundary management: a time-sampling study on managing work and private life in middle adulthood


Knecht, Michaela; Freund, Alexandra M (2016). Boundary management: a time-sampling study on managing work and private life in middle adulthood. Research in Human Development, 13(4):297-311.

Abstract

How do middle-age adults in the "rush hour of life" manage the demands of pursuing multiple goals in different life domains? A 20-day measurement burst study (N= 89 employed adults, M age = 42) investigated the occurrence and consequences of integration and incongruity of work, family, and leisure in the everyday lives of middle-age adults. Results suggest that subjective well-being and goal relations (lower conflict, higher facilitation among goals) profit from an integration of multiple life domains. In contrast, incongruity between content (activities, thoughts) and context (location) seems to be detrimental for subjective-well being and goal relations of middle-age adults

Abstract

How do middle-age adults in the "rush hour of life" manage the demands of pursuing multiple goals in different life domains? A 20-day measurement burst study (N= 89 employed adults, M age = 42) investigated the occurrence and consequences of integration and incongruity of work, family, and leisure in the everyday lives of middle-age adults. Results suggest that subjective well-being and goal relations (lower conflict, higher facilitation among goals) profit from an integration of multiple life domains. In contrast, incongruity between content (activities, thoughts) and context (location) seems to be detrimental for subjective-well being and goal relations of middle-age adults

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:31 October 2016
Deposited On:12 Dec 2016 08:30
Last Modified:18 Dec 2016 06:26
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1542-7609
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/15427609.2016.1234307

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