Coworker informal work accommodations to family: Scale development and validation

Jessica Mesmer-Magnus, Toshio Murase, Leslie A. DeChurch, Miliani Jiménez

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Abstract

Drawing on research regarding the utility of coworker support in mitigating work/ family conflict, the authors developed a scale to measure Coworker-enacted Informal Work Accommodations to Family (C-IWAF). C-IWAF differs from coworker support in that it describes actual behaviors coworkers engage in to help one another deal with incompatible work and family demands. Results based on a sample of 390 working caregivers provide support for the independence of C-IWAF from other forms of coworker support. Analyses of the factor structure obtained for this instrument indicate that C-IWAF is composed of six unique factors: child care assistance, facilitating telework, continuing work modification, short-term work modification, helping behavior, and deviating behavior. Implications of these results for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-531
Number of pages21
JournalEducational and Psychological Measurement
Volume70
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Coworker backup
  • Coworker support
  • Organizational citizenship
  • Work/family conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Mathematics

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Coworker informal work accommodations to family : Scale development and validation. / Mesmer-Magnus, Jessica; Murase, Toshio; DeChurch, Leslie A.; Jiménez, Miliani.

In: Educational and Psychological Measurement, Vol. 70, No. 3, 2010, p. 511-531.

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Mesmer-Magnus, Jessica ; Murase, Toshio ; DeChurch, Leslie A. ; Jiménez, Miliani. / Coworker informal work accommodations to family : Scale development and validation. In: Educational and Psychological Measurement. 2010 ; Vol. 70, No. 3. pp. 511-531.
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