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Dr. Bonnie Perry

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EdD Colloquium - ONU

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Scholarship of Discovery

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Work-family conflict can cause conflict for police officers due to stress and danger on the job. Stress from home can make work difficult and work-place stress can affect life at home. Three forms of work-family conflict (time-based, strain based, and behavior-based conflict) were examined. This quantitative study examined how work-family conflict affects job satisfaction, intention to stay employed in the field of law enforcement, and whether there was a difference in work-family conflict between male and female police officers. Data were collected from 178 (n=178) full- time, sworn police officers in the law enforcement field. Data analysis included Pearson Correlation and a t-test. After receiving permission to use questions from previous research by Carlson, Kacmar and Williams (2000), and Lambert (2006), and Quershi, Frank, Lambert, Klahm and Smith (2017), a work-family conflict survey questionnaire was created and distributed online to participants. There was a statistically significant negative correlation between work-family conflict and job satisfaction and a significant positive correlation between work-family conflict and intent to stay employed in law enforcement. The more work-family conflict a police officer encounters, the lower amount of job satisfaction they experience; however, they will continue to stay employed in the field of law enforcement. The results also found no difference between work-family conflict and gender. Organizations can use this information for police officers experiencing work-family conflict and thinking of leaving the law enforcement field by incorporating career development, better working conditions, and assistance with finding a healthy work-life balance through employee assistance (EAP) programs.

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Apr 17th, 8:30 AM

The Effects Of Work-Family Conflict On The Career Of Police Officers

Wisner Auditorium

Work-family conflict can cause conflict for police officers due to stress and danger on the job. Stress from home can make work difficult and work-place stress can affect life at home. Three forms of work-family conflict (time-based, strain based, and behavior-based conflict) were examined. This quantitative study examined how work-family conflict affects job satisfaction, intention to stay employed in the field of law enforcement, and whether there was a difference in work-family conflict between male and female police officers. Data were collected from 178 (n=178) full- time, sworn police officers in the law enforcement field. Data analysis included Pearson Correlation and a t-test. After receiving permission to use questions from previous research by Carlson, Kacmar and Williams (2000), and Lambert (2006), and Quershi, Frank, Lambert, Klahm and Smith (2017), a work-family conflict survey questionnaire was created and distributed online to participants. There was a statistically significant negative correlation between work-family conflict and job satisfaction and a significant positive correlation between work-family conflict and intent to stay employed in law enforcement. The more work-family conflict a police officer encounters, the lower amount of job satisfaction they experience; however, they will continue to stay employed in the field of law enforcement. The results also found no difference between work-family conflict and gender. Organizations can use this information for police officers experiencing work-family conflict and thinking of leaving the law enforcement field by incorporating career development, better working conditions, and assistance with finding a healthy work-life balance through employee assistance (EAP) programs.

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