Spousal recovery support, recovery experiences, and life satisfaction crossover among dual-earner couples

Young Ah Park, Charlotte Fritz

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Abstract

Research has indicated the importance of recovery from work stress for employee well-being and work engagement. However, very little is known about the specific factors that may support or hinder recovery in the context of dual-earner couples. This study proposes spousal recovery support as a potential resource that dual-earner couples can draw on to enhance their recovery experiences and well-being. It was hypothesized that spousal recovery support would be related to the recipient spouse's life satisfaction via his or her own recovery experiences (i.e., psychological detachment, relaxation, and mastery experiences). The study further investigated the crossover of life satisfaction between working spouses as a potential outcome of recovery processes. Data from 318 full-time employed married couples in South Korea were analyzed using structural equation modeling. Results showed that spousal recovery support was positively related to all 3 recovery experiences of the recipient spouse. Moreover, this recovery support was related to the recipient spouse's life satisfaction via relaxation and mastery experiences. Unexpectedly, psychological detachment was negatively related to life satisfaction, possibly indicating a suppression effect. Life satisfaction crossed over between working spouses. No gender differences were found in the hypothesized paths. Based on these findings, theoretical and practical implications are discussed, and future research directions are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)557-566
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume100
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Crossover
  • Dual-earner couples
  • Life satisfaction
  • Recovery experiences
  • Spousal recovery support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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