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Stress and Burnout: Home–Work Conflict

  • By: Leah M. Omilion-Hodges
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Home–work conflict is an increasingly popular area of study and is currently being investigated by communication scholars, sociologists, psychologists, and organizational behavior researchers. This area of research is burgeoning as adults are expected to balance increasing demands in both their professional and personal lives, where these two roles are often competing and at odds. Because individuals have responsibilities in both of these arenas and their resources (e.g., time, energy, attention) are finite, they have to make decisions in regard to whether their resources are allotted to home or work, often leaving the other area wanting. To that end, this inherent tension between home and work often culminates in stress and psychological burnout, with individuals unable to cope with the demands associated with both work and ...

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