Work-family conflict from the perspective of the family: Introduction to the Special Issue




family dynamics, gender, labor market, reconciliation of family and work, well-being, work-life balance


Objective: To introduce the readers to the Journal of Family Research's Special Issue (4/2022) about "work-family conflict from the perspective of the family".

Background: Research on work-family conflict rooted in family research and with an explicit focus on family issues has been comparatively rare compared to a more work-centered view.

Method: Except for the review article, all contributions of this Special Issue are quantitative analyses of large-scale data from Germany, i.e., the "pairfam"-study, the "LEEP-B3"-study, and the "Growing up in Germany"-survey.

Results: The seven studies are innately heterogeneous and show the range in which family research may contribute to the understanding of work-family conflict, and vice versa. Work-family conflict was studied in the context of the transition to parenthood, parenting practices, the composition of working environments, scaling back, mental health, and fertility preferences.

Conclusion: Explicitly discussing family issues and their implications for work-family conflict is necessary to understand the interdependencies between family and work, and to pave the way towards a much broader understanding of the antecedents and consequences of work-family conflict in the context of family living.


Abendroth, A.-K. (2022). Transitions to parenthood, flexible working and time-based work-to-family conflicts: A gendered life course and organisational change perspective. Journal of Family Research, 34(4), 1033–1055. DOI:

Adams, A., & Golsch, K. (2022). Employed parents’ reactions to work-family conflicts: Adaptive strategies of scaling back in Germany. Journal of Family Research, 34(4), 1101–1125. DOI:

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Bernhardt, J., & Recksiedler, C. (2022). Work-to-family conflict and parenting practices: Examining the role of working from home among lone and partnered working mothers. Journal of Family Research, 34(4), 1072–1100. DOI:

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Latshaw, B. A., & Yucel, D. (2022). Work-family conflict and partners’ agreement on fertility preferences among dual-earner couples: Does women’s employment status matter? Journal of Family Research, 34(4), 1160–1191. DOI:

Michel, J. S., Kotrba, L. M., Mitchelson, J. K., Clark, M. A., & Baltes, B. B. (2011). Antecedents of work-family conflict: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 32(5), 689–725. DOI:

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Reimann, M., & Diewald, M. (2022). Good mental health despite work-family conflict? The within-domain and cross-domain buffering potentials of family and work resources. Journal of Family Research, 34(4), 1126–1159. DOI:

Reimann, M., Schulz, F., Marx, C. K., & Lükemann, L. (2022). The family side of work-family conflict: A literature review of antecedents and consequences. Journal of Family Research, 34(4), 1010–1032. DOI:

Schieman, S., Badawy, P. J., Milkie, M. A., & Bierman, A. (2021). Work-life conflict during the COVID-19 pandemic. Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 7. DOI:

Schulz, F., & Reimann, M. (2022). Parents’ experiences of work-family conflict: Does it matter if coworkers have children? Journal of Family Research, 34(4), 1056–1071. DOI:




How to Cite

Schulz, F., & Reimann, M. (2022). Work-family conflict from the perspective of the family: Introduction to the Special Issue. Journal of Family Research, 34(4), 1002–1009.