TitleEffects of workplace intervention on affective well-being in employees' children.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLawson, KM, Chandler, KD, McHale, SM, Almeida, DM, Kelly, EL, King, RB
JournalDev Psychol
Volume52
Issue5
Pagination772-7
Date Published2016 05
ISSN1939-0599
KeywordsAdolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Age Factors, Child, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Male, Mood Disorders, Parent-Child Relations, Workplace
Abstract
 

Using a group-randomized field experimental design, this study tested whether a workplace intervention-designed to reduce work-family conflict-buffered against potential age-related decreases in the affective well-being of employees' children. Daily diary data were collected from 9- to 17-year-old children of parents working in an information technology division of a U.S. Fortune 500 company prior to and 12 months after the implementation of the Support-Transform-Achieve-Results (STAR) workplace intervention. Youth (62 with parents in the STAR group, 41 in the usual-practice group) participated in 8 consecutive nightly phone calls, during which they reported on their daily stressors and affect. Well-being was indexed by positive and negative affect and affective reactivity to daily stressful events. The randomized workplace intervention increased youth positive affect and buffered youth from age-related increases in negative affect and affective reactivity to daily stressors. Future research should test specific conditions of parents' work that may penetrate family life and affect youth well-being. (PsycINFO Database Record

DOI10.1037/dev0000098
Alternate JournalDev Psychol
PubMed ID26950240
PubMed Central IDPMC4907371
Grant ListU01 HD051217 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD051218 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD051256 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States
U01 HD051276 / HD / NICHD NIH HHS / United States