“Efforts by individuals to offset dissatisfaction in one role by seeking satisfaction in another role.” (Greenhaus & Singh).
“The compensation model postulates a negative relation between work and family. Increasing dissatisfaction in one life domain (e.g., family) leads to a reduction of time and energy to that role, which then leads to an increase in time and energy devoted to a second life domain (e.g., work) in an effort to compensate for the lack of rewards or for undesirable experiences in the first life domain (e.g., family)” (p. 147). (Frone, 2003).

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