Assessing the relationship between work-family conflict and smoking.
We examined the relationship between smoking and work-family conflict among a sample of New England long-term-care facility workers.
To collect data, we conducted in-person, structured interviews with workers in 4 extended-care facilities.
There was a strong association between smoking likelihood and work-family conflict. Workers who experienced both stress at home from work issues (i.e., work-to-home conflict) and stress at work from personal issues (i.e., home-to-work conflict) had 3.1 times higher odds of smoking than those who did not experience these types of conflict. Workers who experienced home-to-work conflict had an odds of 2.3 compared with those who did not experience this type of conflict, and workers who experienced work-to-home conflict had an odds of 1.6 compared with workers who did not experience this type of conflict.
The results of this study indicate that there is a robust relationship between work-family conflict and smoking, but that this relationship is dependent upon the total amount of conflict experienced and the direction of the conflict.
Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA.
SourceAmerican journal of public health 102:9 2012 Sep pg 1767-72
Pub Type(s)Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.