1st Edition

New Frontiers in Work and Family Research

ISBN 9781848721258
Published April 3, 2013 by Psychology Press
240 Pages

USD $64.95

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Book Description

The purpose of this volume is to showcase alternative theoretical and methodological approaches to work and family research, and present methodological alternatives to the widely known shortcomings of current research on work and the family.

In the first part of the book contributors consider various theoretical perspectives including:

  • Positive Organizational Psychology
  • System Theory
  • Multi-Level Theoretical Models
  • Dyadic Study Designs

The chapters in Part Two consider a number of methodological issues including: key issues pertaining to sampling, the role of diary studies, Case Cross-over designs, Biomarkers, and Cross-Domain and Within-Domain Relations. Contributors also elaborate the conceptual and logistical issues involved in incorporating novel measurement approaches.

The book will be of essential reading for researchers and students in work and organizational psychology, and related disciplines.

Table of Contents

J. Grzywacz, E. Demerouti, Introduction and Overview. G. Spreitzer, Using A Positive Organizational Scholarship Lens to Enrich Research on Work-Family Relationships. S. Macdermid, L. Hibel, A System Perspective on Work And Family. E. Demerouti, I.M. Corts, M. Boz, A Closer Look at Key Concepts of Work-Nonwork Interface. A.B. Bakker,  E. Demerouti, The Spillover–Crossover Model. S. Sonnentag, I. Braun, Not Always a Sweet Home: Family and Job Responsibilities Constrain Recovery Processes. J.G. Grzywacz, D.S. Carlson, B.A. Reboussin, A Primer on Sampling. A. Butler, Z. Song, R. Ilies, Experience Sampling Methods for Work-Family Research: A Review and Research Agenda. F.T. Amstad, N.K. Semmer, Chains of Events in Work-Family Research. O. Buxton, L.C. Klein, S. Williams, T. McDade, Biomarkers in Work and Family Research. R.L. Repetti, S.W. Wang, M.S. Sears, Using Direct Observational Methods to Study the Real Lives of Families: Advantages, Complexities, and Conceptual and Practical Considerations. M.C.W. Peeters, L.L. Ten Brummelhuis, E.F. Van Steenbergen, Consequences of Combining Work and Family Roles: A Closer Look at Cross-Domain Versus Within-Domain Relations.

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Joseph G. Grzywacz is Kaiser Family Endowed Professor of Family Resilience at Oklahoma State University, USA. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist whose research focuses on the health-related implications of everyday work and family life for adults and children. His research emphasizes the role of work and family in creating and exaggerating health disparities, and programmatic and policy solutions for eliminating forced choices between work and family.

Evangelia Demerouti is a full-time professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the processes enabling performance, including the effects of work characteristics, decision making, occupational well-being and work–life balance. Her articles have been published in journals including Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and Journal of Vocational Behavior.


This book certainly lives up to its title. It provides a refreshing and thought-provoking perspective on the work-home interface. The contributors, all leading experts in the field, offer new viewpoints on key concepts, methodologies, and theoretical frameworks. This book will appeal to academics and practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge of state-of-the-art work and family research. It will also help them develop interventions to improve the wellbeing of employees, their families, and society in general. – Gail Kinman, Department of Psychology, University of Bedfordshire, UK

Anne-Marie Slaughter and Marissa Mayer put work and family on the front burner in early 2012. Joseph Grzywacz and Evangelia Demerouti and their international contributors now offer insights on pressing research needs having practical implications for advancing work-family scholarship by developing creative solutions for tackling long-standing unresolved issues.  A must read for work-family researchers. - Ronald J. Burke, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto, Canada

Joseph Grzywacz’s and Evangelia Demerouti’s edited book “New Frontiers in Work Family Research” lives up to the promise forborne by its title. This book will be valuable to scholars and students at all career levels as well as research oriented practitioners. New and under-emphasized theories such as positive organizational scholarship, chain of events, and systems theory are included. New methods from bio data, to experience sampling to direct observational methods are clearly explained. Key work-family concepts are reviewed, scrutinized and unpacked, and the interrelated recursive nature of work-family relationships are explored. The sophistication of concepts and new ideas presented will makes this book a valuable addition to help advance the work-family field. - Ellen Ernst Kossek, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, USA