Eldercare responsibilities, interrole conflict, and employee absence: A daily study

C. Gail Hepburn, Julian Barling
1996 Journal of Occupational Health Psychology  
A model was developed specifying that the number of hours employees spend providing care to or interacting with elderly parents predicts conflict between the roles of employee and caregiver. Interrole conflict was subsequently expected to predict partial absence from work (e.g., arriving late). Seventeen employed eldercare providers completed a daily questionnaire for 20 work days. The data were standardized and pooled, and the proposed model was tested by using structural equation modeling.
more » ... proposed model provided a good fit to the data. A competing model that added the direct effects of hours of interacting with and hours of providing care to parents on partial absence provided a significantly better fit. The potential impact of the findings on employees and organizations is discussed.
doi:10.1037//1076-8998.1.3.311 pmid:9547053 fatcat:2vjr6yrsnfbz3dke7ldzwrg3la