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Thesis Title: Role Centrality, Strength of Domain, Supportive Communication and Work-Family Balance in Female University Teachers

Author: Jawaria Fatima Naqvi

Supervisor: Iram Fatima

Degree: MPhil

Year: 2017

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245


Correlational study investigated the relation of role centrality (work and family centrality), strength of domain (permeability and flexibility of work and family domain), and supportive communication with workfamily balance in female university teachers (N = 104). Based on border theory (Clark, 2000) of work-family balance, first it was hypothesized that women who identify with strongly bordered domain (low permeability and flexibility) will have high work-family balance. Second, those women who have high level of centrality in both domains (work and family) will have high work-family balance. Third, work and family centrality is likely to moderate with supportive communication (with work related people) to predict work-family balance. Fourth, work and family centrality is likely to moderate with supportive communication (with family) to predict work-family balance. Work centrality scale (Paullay, Alliger & Romero 1994), Home Centrality Scale (Linington, 2008), Family and Work flexibility Ability Scale, Family and Work flexibility Willingness Scale (Matthews & Barnes-Farrell, 2010), Permeability of Work and Family Scale (Clark, 2002), Supportive Communication Scale (Clark, 2002) and Work-family Balance Scale (Hill, Hawkins, Ferris and Weitzman, 2001) were used for assessment while Pearson Product Moment Correlation, Hierarchal Regression were applied to generate results. The results indicated that nature of spouse job status and family flexibility ability positively and significantly predicted work-family balance while permeability of family, work flexibility willingness negatively and significantly predicted work-family balance. Overall the hypotheses based on border theory were not supported. Need to understand work-family balance in cultural context is highlighted.

Keywords: Role centrality, strength of domain, supportive communication, works family balance, female university teachers.


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