WORK-FAMILY CONFLICT AND CHILD WELL-BEING: WHEN WORK-FAMILY CONFLICT REALLY HITS HOME
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Child well-being is one of the least frequently studied outcomes in research on the work-family interface. This paper extends previous research by examining the relationship between parental work-family conflict and child well-being and possible mechanisms that explain these relationships. I hypothesize that parental work–family con¬¬flict negatively influences parents’ mindfulness, decrease children’s perceptions of parental-child attachment, which in turn affects child well-being (e.g., problematic internet usage, aggression and health). Questionnaire-based data from families (one parent and one child) were collected from three schools in Nigeria. Results showed the total and direct effect between work-family conflict and child well-being was not significant. The indirect effect between work-family conflict and aggression through mindfulness was significant; the indirect effect between work-family conflict and problematic internet usage through attachment was significant and the indirect effect between work-family conflict and health through attachment was significant. Lastly, the sequential indirect effect between work-family conflict and child problematic internet usage through both mindfulness and attachment was significant.