Work-Life Balance: an Integrative Review

M. Joseph Sirgy, Dong Jin Lee

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Based on a thorough review of the literature we introduce an integrated conceptualization of work-life balance involving two key dimensions: engagement in work life and nonwork life and minimal conflict between social roles in work and nonwork life. Based on this conceptualization we review much of the evidence concerning the consequences of work-life balance in terms work-related, nonwork-related, and stress-related outcomes. We then identify a set of personal and organizational antecedents to work-life balance and explain their effects on work-life balance. Then we describe a set of theoretical mechanisms linking work-life balance and overall life satisfaction. Finally, we discuss future research directions and policy implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-254
Number of pages26
JournalApplied Research in Quality of Life
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar 1

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© 2017, 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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