Work-Family Organizational Support as a Predictor of Work-Family Conflict, Enrichment, and Balance: Crossover and Spillover Effects in Dual-Income Couples


  • Alessandro Lo Presti
  • Monica Molino
  • Federica Emanuel
  • Alfonso Landolfi
  • Chiara Ghislieri


Dual-income families are challenged by several issues in terms of conciliation between the working environment, the family context and the management of children. This paper, consistently with spillover and crossover hypotheses, aimed at examining the intermediate role of work-family balance, linking on work-family organizational support, work-to-family enrichment and conflict as predictors, and on family-life satisfaction of dual-income families’ both partners as final outcomes. It was expected that work-family organizational support would be related to lower work-to-family conflict and higher enrichment and, through them, with higher work-family balance; moreover, a positive association between work-family balance and family-life satisfaction of both partners was assumed. 390 double-income heterosexual couples participated in our study; 76.2% of the couples were parents. Structural equation modelling results showed that work-family balance was negatively predicted by work-to-family conflict and positively predicted by work-to-family enrichment. Furthermore, work-family organizational support positively predicted work-to-family enrichment, which also mediated its effect on work-family balance. Crossover and spillover effects were also confirmed, given that positive associations between work-family balance and family-life satisfaction of both partners were found. Implications for future research and organizational interventions aimed at both improving work-family balance and promoting greater satisfaction in family life are discussed.

Author Biography

Alessandro Lo Presti, Dipartimento di Psicologia, Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Caserta, Italy


· Alessandro Lo Presti (Ph.D.) is Associate Professor of Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” (Italy). His research interests include: employability, protean and boundaryless career attitudes, work-family conciliation, well-being at work.