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On-line version ISSN 2223-6279
Print version ISSN 0379-8577

Curationis vol.31 n.1 Pretoria  2008




Work-family conflict, job satisfaction and spousal support: An exploratory study of nurses' experience



CJ PatelI; A BeekhanII; Z ParukIII; S RamgoonIV

IMA-Counselling Psychology. Lecturer, School of Psychology, UKZN
IIB Soc Sc (Hons). Masters student, School of Psychology, UKZN
IIIMA-Clinical Psychology. Lecturer, School of Psychology, UKZN
IVMA-Counselling Psychology. Lecturer, School of Psychology, UKZN





In recognising the highly stressful nature of the nursing profession, the added burden of hospital staff shortages, and patient overload, the present study explored the impact of work on family functioning, its relationship to job satisfaction and the role of spousal support in a group of 80 female nurses working in a government hospital. Using a descriptive, correlational design, the relationships among job satisfaction, work-family conflict (WFC) and spousal/partner support were explored. The hypotheses that job satisfaction and WFC would be negatively correlated, that job satisfaction and spousal support would be positively correlated, and that WFC and spousal support would be negatively correlated, were tested using correlation techniques. All hypotheses were confirmed. The role of spousal support in the relationship between job satisfaction and work-family conflict was highlighted.

Key Words: Work-family conflict; job satisfaction; spousal support; nurses



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