The aim of the present study was to examine the impact of regulatory focus in goal pursuit and regulatory fit between marital partners on family conditions and the family-work interface. We hypothesized that when both partners are high on promotion focus (fit) they experience higher developmental possibilities at home and have an increased likelihood of family-to-work facilitation (FWF). In addition, we hypothesized that when both partners are prevention focused (fit) they experience less home demands and less family-to-work conflict (FWC). In total, 131 working couples participated in the study. Each partner provided information about his/her own regulatory focus, perceptions of home demands and home developmental possibilities, and experienced FWF and FWC. Results of moderated structural equation modelling analyses largely supported our hypotheses since the interaction between partners' promotion focus predicted the levels of home developmental possibilities and FWF, whereas the interaction between partners' prevention focus predicted home demands in the expected direction. In conclusion, the fit between partners' self regulatory styles can influence family life and, consequently, the impact of family on work.

Cohabiting partners, Family-work conflict, Family-work facilitation, Regulatory fit, Regulatory focus,
European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology
Erasmus School of Economics

Demerouti, E, Bakker, A.B, & Tetrick, L.E. (2014). Regulatory focus and the family-work interface: The role of regulatory fit between cohabiting partners. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 23(1), 118–130. doi:10.1080/1359432X.2012.711905