Research Updates

Work-family conflict hurts kids

Gabrielle Lis

Authoritative Australian research shows that the mental health of children suffers when parents experience work-family conflict, with persistent ill-effects.

Take home messages Children’s mental health improves when parents have less work-family conflict and deteriorates when parents have more work-family conflict. The more work-family conflict the family experiences, the more children’s mental health suffers.  The worst scenario for children is when both parents experience persistent work-family conflict. In two-parent households, mothers’ work-life conflicts hav...

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