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Work-family Conflict and Alcohol Use: Examination of a Moderated Mediation Model

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posted on 2014-04-15, 00:00 authored by Jennifer M. Wolff, Kathleen M. Rospenda, Judith A. Richman, Li Liu, Lauren A. Milner
Research consistently documents the negative effects of work-family conflict; however, little focuses on alcohol use. This study embraces a tension-reduction theory of drinking, wherein alcohol use is thought to reduce the negative effects of stress. The purpose of the present study was to test a moderated mediation model of the relationship between work-family conflict and alcohol use in a Chicagoland community sample of 998 caregivers. Structural equation models showed that distress mediated the relationship between work-family conflict and alcohol use. Furthermore, tension reduction expectancies of alcohol exacerbated the relationship between distress and alcohol use. The results advance the study of work-family conflict and alcohol use, helping explain this complicated relationship using sophisticated statistical techniques. Implications for theory and practice are discussed


This research was made possible by grant number AA015766 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).


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Post print version of article may differ from published version. This is an electronic version of an article published in Wolff JM, Rospenda KM, Richman JA, Liu L, Milner LA. Work-family conflict and alcohol use: examination of a moderated mediation model. Journal of Addictive Diseases. 2013;32(1):85-98. Journal of Addictive Diseases is available online at: DOI:10.1080/10550887.2012.759856


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