Society and Demographic Transition › Marriage and Family
Lau, Y. K., Ma, J. L. C., Wan, P. S., & Lai, L. Y. (2014). The work–family interface in Hong Kong: Implications for social work practice. Journal of Family Social Work, 17(1), 3–20.
Hong Kong Social Work Work-family Balance
The impact of the work–family interface on individual functioning and family functioning among the Hong Kong working population is examined in this article. Guided by an integration of scarcity theory and role expansion theory, this study is based on data drawn from a random-sample survey conducted in 2010. Work–family conflict was found to have a different impact than work–family facilitation on individual and family functioning. Work–family conflict had a detrimental effect on mental health and family functioning, whereas work–family facilitation had a positive effect. These results provide initial evidence of the applicability of related Western theories on the work–family interface in Hong Kong. In addition, those who were single were found to have experienced a similar level of work–family conflict but a significantly lower level of work–family facilitation in comparison with those who were not single. Due to their disadvantageous work situations, special attention has to be paid to the mental health status of those born after the 1980s.