This study examines the process by which child behavioral problems are related to parents' well-being. We developed a family-work spillover model that was tested among 225 working parents. It was hypothesized that family-self conflict (FSC) mediates the relationship between child behavioral problems and parental strain, and that family-work conflict (FWC) mediates the relationship between parental strain and work engagement. Further, it was hypothesized that social support moderates the relationship between child behavioral problems and FSC. The results of (moderated) structural equation modeling supported the mediating role of FSC and FWC and the moderating role of social support. These findings suggest that the negative effects of raising a child with behavioral problems on parental well-being can be buffered by social support.

Child behavioral problems, Family-self conflict, Family-work conflict, Parental strain, Social support, Work engagement,
Anxiety, Stress and Coping
Department of Psychology

Breevaart, K, & Bakker, A.B. (2011). Working parents of children with behavioral problems: A study on the family-work interface. Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 24(3), 239–253. doi:10.1080/10615806.2010.527958