Committee Chair

Cunningham, Christopher J. L.

Committee Member

O'Leary, Brian J.; Weathington, Bart L.

Department

Dept. of Psychology

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Abstract

The goal of this study is to test a new model of work life (nonwork) balance (WLB) that may explain individual and cross-generational differences in views of WLB. A prominent feature within this model, identity salience, is described as the values and importance a person attaches to the multiple roles they manage. This study addresses one of the major causes for inconsistency in the existing WLB research by examining how and why perceptions of WLB differ depending on the life stage of sample participants. The model was supported and findings suggest that individual perceptions of work life balance are contingent on their identity salience. This model did have utility for explaining individual and cross-generational differences in perceptions of WLB. In general, Generation Y, Generation X and Baby Boomers all valued nonwork over work. However, there were significant differences between the three groups and their perceptions of WLB.

Degree

M. S.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science.

Date

5-2011

Subject

Intergenerational relations; Work-life balance

Keyword

Generational differences; Work-life balance

Discipline

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Document Type

Masters theses

Extent

xi, 49 leaves

Language

English

Rights

Under copyright.

License

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

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