Longitudinal Associations between Maternal Work Stress, Negative Work-Family Spillover, and Depressive Symptoms.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The current study examined associations over an 18-month period between maternal work stressors, negative work-family spillover, and depressive symptoms in a sample of 414 employed mothers with young children living in six predominantly nonmetropolitan counties in the Eastern United States. Results from a one-group mediation model revealed that a less flexible work environment and greater work pressure predicted higher levels of depressive symptoms, and further, that these associations were mediated by perceptions of negative work-family spillover. Additionally, results from a two-group mediation model suggested that work pressure predicted greater perceptions of spillover only for mothers employed full-time. Findings suggest the need for policies that reduce levels of work stress and help mothers manage their work and family responsibilities.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Goodman, WB; Crouter, AC; The Family Life Project Key Investigators,

Published Date

  • July 1, 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 58 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 245 - 258

PubMed ID

  • 20161088

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2744315

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0197-6664

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2009.00550.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States