Exploring types of interference between work and non-work: Using a diary study approach

Anthony Montgomery*, Efharis Panagopoulou, Maria C.W. Peeters, Wilmar B. Schaufeli

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Studies of work and family issues have used predominately between-subject cross-sectional designs. While some researchers have called for more longitudinal studies, others have suggested that a more strategic way forward for the field is the use of daily diary studies (Frone, Russell, & Cooper, 1992). This study explores different types of interference between work and non-work domains, using a diary study methodology. This study consisted of a two-week diary study among 12 Irish employees. Analysis involved a two-step procedure involving both content analysis and interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Results indicated that while individuals reported strain-based and time-based interference, evidence was also found of interference concerning persistent and intrusive thoughts. Despite some limitations to the study, this paper demonstrates that diary studies represent an opportunity for researchers to explore work and non-work experiences in a sensitive and ecologically valid way.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-471
JournalCommunity, Work and Family
Issue number4
Early online date20 Oct 2009
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


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