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Effects of strain on boundary management : findings from a daily diary study and an experimental vignette study

  • Transformations in the work–nonwork interface highlight the importance of effectively managing the boundaries between life domains. However, do the ways individuals manage the boundaries between work and nonwork life change from one day to the next? If so, which antecedents may explain these intra-individual fluctuations in boundary management? Drawing on boundary management, spillover, and resource theories, we investigate daily changes in segmentation preferences and integration enactments as a function of experiencing strain in work and nonwork life. Assuming that changes in segmentation preferences reflect an individual’s strategy to regulate negative cross-role spillover, we suppose that strain increases individuals’ segmentation preferences; at the same time, however, it could force individuals to enact more integration.

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Author:Nicolas MüllerORCiD, Sophia Loeffelsend, Elke VaterORCiD, Regina KempenORCiD
Source Title (English):Frontiers in Psychology
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2023
Release Date:2023/11/17
Article Number:1149969
Open Access:Open Access
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International