The mediating role of health related behaviors in the relationship between work-family conflict and physical health

Sanaz Aazami, Khadijah Shamsuddin, Syaqirah Akmal

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Purpose of the present study was to assess effect of work-family conflict (along with its four dimensions) on physical health status. In particular, we examined the mediating role of health related behaviors on the linkage between all dimensions of work-family conflict and physical health status. The current cross-sectional research was conducted among 567 women who were working in the public departments of Malaysia. Self-administrated questionnaire was used for data collection. Our findings showed that work-family conflict (along with its four dimensions) significantly and negatively correlated with physical health status. The findings from mediational analysis showed that all dimensions of work-family conflict indirectly deteriorate physical health status via increasing the chance of not using food strategies. However, our results did not support the mediating function of physical activity on the proposed relationship. Results of the current study indicated that women with greater level of work-family conflict are more likely to suffer from poor physical health status. Having multiple strategies for managing food and eating reduce the adverse effect of work-family conflict on physical health. Organizations may benefit from Family Friendly Policies (FFP) that can alleviate level of conflict and eventually avoid or decrease rate of engagement in unhealthy behavior that have detrimental effect on health status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-146
Number of pages8
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume15
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Food choices coping strategies
  • Mediational analysis
  • Physical activity
  • Physical health status
  • Smoking
  • Work-family conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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The mediating role of health related behaviors in the relationship between work-family conflict and physical health. / Aazami, Sanaz; Shamsuddin, Khadijah; Akmal, Syaqirah.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 15, No. 3, 2015, p. 139-146.

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