Relationship-Status and Work-Life Balance Satisfaction: Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Analyses

Elyakim Kislev*

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Abstract

Marriage rates are declining in prevalence in the Western world, and relationship formats are more varied. These significant demographic changes demand new, more nuanced analyses sensitive to relationship-status variations. Moreover, the different groups may have differing work-behavior patterns, influencing and interacting with their work-life balance differently. Thus, using longitudinal analyses of a representative sample of the German population (25,871 observations, 6,280 unique individuals) from the Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics (pairfam) studies, this study disentangles work-life factors and shows their different effects on four marital/relationship-status groups: married people, singles, LAT couples, and cohabitating couples. In addition, four different work mechanisms are modeled here to estimate their separate effect on the four groups: after-hours working, workload, weekly working hours, and meeting colleagues after work. Following this four-on-four matrix, findings show that all unmarried groups are less affected by weekly working hours compared with the married group, singles with a partner are less affected by working after 7 PM compared with unpartnered singles and married people, all groups are negatively affected by workload, and meeting colleagues after work has a relatively positive effect on unpartnered singles. Thus, this study advances the understanding of unmarried people within the labor market.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1115-1142
Number of pages28
JournalApplied Research in Quality of Life
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2023

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© 2022, The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) and Springer Nature B.V.

Keywords

  • Marriage
  • Relationship Status
  • Unmarried Workers
  • Work Satisfaction
  • Work-Life Balance

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