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Master of Arts (MA)




While a wealth of research has examined how the occupational role affects family domain functioning, there is limited research investigating these issues among mental health professionals. Using a sample of 160 professional psychologists, this study examined the relationships between emotional exhaustion at work, work-family conflict (WFC), and marital satisfaction as well as gender differences in the strengths of these relationships. Analyses indicated that increased emotional exhaustion was associated with increased WFC and that both emotional exhaustion and WFC were negatively associated with marital satisfaction. However, WFC did not emerge as a significant mediator of the relationship between emotional exhaustion and marital satisfaction. Analyses of gender differences indicated that the negative relationship between emotional exhaustion and marital satisfaction was only present among men. These results support the notion that work strain is associated with decreased marital satisfaction among professional psychologists and suggest that men and women may experience the work-family interface differently.

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