Negative Effects of Work-to-family Interference among HK Employees and Spouses

Published: 17 March 2020| Version 2 | DOI: 10.17632/zccf3v5b6k.2
Chi Wong


The current study investigated the chain mediating role of burnout and family performance between work-to-family interference and psychological strain among employees and spouses in Hong Kong. Four hundred and seven employee-spouse dyads in Hong Kong completed self-rated and spouse-rated questionnaires measuring work-to-family interference, burnout, family performance and psychological strain. Results showed that chain mediating effects of employees’ burnout and family performance in the relationship between their work-to-family interference and spouses’ psychological strain were supported. The findings illustrated that work-to-family interference could generate greater burnout, which in turn might impair family performance among employees. Accordingly, this could induce more psychological strain of their spouses in family lives. Further implications and limitations are discussed.