Studies Related to Work-Family Guilt


  • Karen Korabik (University of Guelph), Donna Lero (University of Guelph), Allyson McElwain, Grace Ewles, and Naren Ishaya

Description of Project:

This research involved the construction and validation of a quantitative measure of the construct of work-family guilt. The scale assessed both work interference with family and family interference with work guilt. The reliability; content, factorial, convergent, and discriminant validity; and measurement equivalence for gender and culture were established. Work-family guilt has been examined as a mediator of the relationship between work-family conflict and several outcome variables (e.g., job and family satisfaction, psychological well-being).

Read more about this project:

McElwain, A. & Korabik, K. (2005). Work-family guilt. In Pitt-Catsouphes, M. & Kossek, E.E. (Eds). The work-family encyclopedia. 

Korabik, K., & McElwain, A. (2011, April). The role of work-family guilt in work-family conflict. Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Chicago, IL

Ishaya, N., Ayman, R., & Korabik, K. (2013, April). Why so much guilt? Investigating how overload hurts, and why control may help. Symposium presentation at the meeting of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Houston, Texas.

Ewles, G., Korabik, K., & Lero, D.S. (2014, June) Work-family guilt: The role of social support. Work-Family Researcher Network Conference, New York, NY.

Ewles, G., Korabik, K., & Lero, D.S. (2014, June). Social support and work-family guilt: The role of gender differences. Canadian Psychological Association, Vancouver, B.C.

Korabik, K. (2015). The intersection of gender and work-family guilt. In M. Mills (Ed). Gender and the work-family experience: An intersection of two domains (pp. 141-157). New York: Springer. (DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-08891-4).

Korabik, K. & Ewles, G.  (2015, June). What we know about how work-family guilt affects working parents and what we can do about it. Presentation as part of the Section on Women and Psychology (SWAP) Pre-Conference Workshop at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa, ON.