Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Managing work and life: The impact of framing
by Roche, Hilary G., Ph.D., Seattle Pacific University, 2015, 113; 3734156
Abstract (Summary)

The frame of mind with which one approaches work-life challenges can impact the decisions made, the roles a person invests in, and satisfaction with one’s decisions. The purpose of this study was threefold: 1) to review and compare the three traditional work-life frames of conflict, enrichment, and balance; 2) to introduce a new frame for work-life management, proactive reflection or “proflection,” and; 3) to test whether approaching work-life management with a particular frame differentially affects an individual’s work-life satisfaction when presented with a scenario with multiple role demands. It was hypothesized that enrichment, balance, and proflection frames will lead to significantly more positive work-life satisfaction, whereas a conflict frame will lead to significantly lower satisfaction, compared to a control condition. Data were collected from 171 participants via a survey on MechanicalTurk (48.2% male, 51.8% female; age M = 35.40 [SD = 12.46]). Participants were randomly assigned to the four framing and control conditions and asked to indicate how they would respond to a challenging scenario with multiple role demands. They were then directed to rate their satisfaction with each role based on their choices, satisfaction with the extent to which interacting roles helped or hurt each other, and satisfaction with roles in their own personal lives. Multiple regression analyses indicated that framing approach was significantly related to scenario role satisfaction (R2 = .072, p = .014, 95% CI [.0002, .143]), role interaction satisfaction (R2 = .056, p = .047, 95% CI [.001, .111]), and was unrelated to personal life role satisfaction (R2 = .01, p = .824). The balance frame led to significantly lower satisfaction than the control condition for scenario role satisfaction (β = -.36, p = .01, 95% CI [-.645, -.082]) and role interaction satisfaction (β = -.41, p = .01, 95% CI [-.706, -.119]). This study draws attention to the importance of being able to choose one’s framing approach for intentional and strategic work-life management, as well as the negative effects of balance that are contrary to prior research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Yost, Paul R.
Commitee: Erickson, Thane, Lewis, Robert
School: Seattle Pacific University
Department: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: DAI-B 77/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational psychology
Keywords: Conflict, Enrichment, Satisfaction, Work-life balance
Publication Number: 3734156
ISBN: 9781339227139
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