: uma questão de equilíbrio? Relações com o conflito, a facilitação e contributos para a satisfação e bem-estar psicológico

  • Susana Sofia de Avelar Germano Pimenta (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The manner in which men and women find work – family balance has been considered a great challenge in modern society. Over the last decades, literature about work – family interface has flourished, in many different sciences. The goal of this thesis is to develop a better understanding regarding the interaction between these interface key constructs: conflict, enrichment and balance. Based on the role balance theory (Marks & MacDermid, 1996), work – family balance is defined as “accomplishment of role-related expectations that are negotiated and shared between an individual and his or her role-related partners in the work and family domains” (Grzywacz & Carlson, 2007, p.458). In a quantitative exploratory research, with a sample of a variety of Lisbon professionals (n=204), we made use of an online survey to explore the relationships between keyconstructs and, demographic variables, family-supportive organization perception, family-friendly benefits and outcomes: psychological well-being, work satisfaction and family satisfaction. Results suggest that family-work constructs are distinct and work-family balance explains variance, beyond conflict and enrichment, on psychological well-being, but not on work and family satisfaction. We found higher levels of facilitation with married individuals, and higher conflict with parents, especially in demanding family life stages.
Date of AwardSept 2011
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorMaria Teresa Meireles Lima da Silveira Rodrigues Ribeiro (Supervisor)


  • Balance
  • Conflict
  • Enrichment
  • Work satisfaction
  • Family satisfaction
  • Psychological well-being


  • Mestrado em Ciências da Família

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