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Type: Journal article
Title: Work-Family Conflict and Oral and General Health-Related Quality of Life
Author: Singh, K.
Spencer, A.
Roberts-Thomson, K.
Brennan, D.
Citation: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 2015; 22(4):489-497
Publisher: Springer US
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 1070-5503
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Kiran A. Singh, A. John Spencer, Kaye F. Roberts-Thomson, David S. Brennan
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The characteristics of the work environment and relationships with family roles may impact on health and be of public health significance. PURPOSE: The aims were to investigate the cross-sectional association of work-family conflict with oral- and general health-related quality of life, and well-being. METHOD: A random sample of 45-54-year olds from Adelaide, South Australia, was surveyed by self-complete questionnaire in 2004-2005 (n = 879, response rate = 43.8 %). Health-related quality of life was measured with the OHIP-14 and EQ-VAS instruments, and well-being by the Satisfaction With Life Scale. RESULTS: In adjusted analyses controlling for sex, income, education, tooth brushing frequency and social support, the higher Family Interferes with Work (FIW) tertile and the middle tertile of Work Interferes with Family (WIF) were associated with more oral health-related impacts as measured by OHIP-14 in relation to problems with teeth, mouth or dentures (Beta = 1.64, P < 0.05 and Beta = 2.85, P < 0.01). Both middle and higher tertiles of WIF were associated with lower general health (Beta = -4.20 and -5.71, P < 0.01) and well-being (Beta = -1.17 and -1.56, P < 0.01). CONCLUSION: Work-family conflict was associated with more oral health impacts and lower general health and well-being among employed middle-aged adults. This supports the view of work-family conflict as a psychosocial risk factor for health outcomes spanning function, health perceptions and well-being, and encompassing both oral health and general health.
Keywords: Work-family conflict; Work interferes with family; Family interferes with work; Quality of life
Rights: © International Society of Behavioral Medicine 2014
RMID: 0030016744
DOI: 10.1007/s12529-014-9454-y
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