Work-Life Balance: A Quality-of-Life Model

M. Joseph Sirgy, Dong Jin Lee

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Based on a thorough review of the literature we identified four research streams identifying four corresponding factors that play an important in role work-life balance: (1) balanced role commitment, (2) positive spillover, (3) role conflict, and (4) social alienation. Based on these four factors, we classified individuals into four work-life balance groups with differing levels of life satisfaction. We then explained the psychological dynamics of the model by articulating three principles: satisfaction spillover across life domains, need satisfaction quota, and satisfaction from basic plus growth needs. Research and policy implications are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1059-1082
Number of pages24
JournalApplied Research in Quality of Life
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1

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© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht and The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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