Work, family, and organizational advancement: Does balance support the perceived advancement of mothers?

Eden B. King, Whitney E. Botsford, Ann H Huffman

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Following expansionist (Barnett and Hyde 2001) and enrichment (Greenhaus and Powell 2006) theories of work and family, the current study explores the beneficial effects of work-family balance. Survey responses from a nationally representative U. S. sample (N=3,504; 53.5% male, 46.5% female) indicate that the extent to which individuals' home lives positively affect their work lives is positively related to their perceived advancement. Contrary to hypotheses, these effects were similar for women and men suggesting that men benefit from work-family balance as much as women. However, compared to fathers, mothers who experienced positive spillover did not perceive greater opportunities for advancement, suggesting that positive aspects of the work-family interface may not overcome all the challenges to mothers' perceived advancement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)879-891
Number of pages13
JournalSex Roles
Issue number11-12
StatePublished - Nov 2009



  • Maternal wall
  • Mothers
  • Organizational advancement
  • Work and family

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Gender Studies

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