Work-Family Guilt


  • Karen Korabik
  • Allyson K. McElwain

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2005


  • Roles
  • Spillover
  • Wellbeing
  • Work and Family
  • Other


  • Psychology


The topic of work-family guilt (WFG) has not been studied extensively in the WFC literature, but has more recently become an area of interest (e.g., Aycan & Eskin, in press). Balancing both work and family lives is an increasing problem in today’s society in which there are more dual-earner couples, elder care responsibilities, and single parent families (Duxbury & Higgins, 2002). It has been suggested that the conflict that individuals experience from this lack of balance will lead to feelings of guilt. These negative feelings may have a variety of repercussions that are detrimental to the quality of individuals’ work and family lives.

Link: work family Guilt encyclopedia