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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2017, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (6): 1036-1044.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2017.01036

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 Work-family interaction in the context of individualism-collectivism culture

 GUO Xucheng1,2; MA Hongyu1,3; JIANG Hai4; YUAN Ming5   

  1.  (1 School of Psychology, Central China Normal University; Key Laboratory of Human Development and Mental Health of Hubei Province, Wuhan 430079, China) (2 School of Public Administration, Hunan Normal University, 410081, China) (3 Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior (CCNU), Ministry of Education, Wuhan 430079, China) (4 Party School of the C.P.C Wuhan Municipal Committee, 430024, China) (5 Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China)
  • Received:2016-05-31 Online:2017-06-15
  • Contact: MA Hongyu, E-mail: E-mail: E-mail:
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Abstract:  Based on the increasing interests in the work-family research in IO/OB domain, the researchers find that social or national culture has a key role to play in shaping the individual’s work-family interaction. This review starts with the analysis of the prior researches that have incorporated cultural consideration in some manner and identify individualism-collectivism dimension that influence the work-family interaction. Conclusions have been made as follows: In the individualist cultural norm, the individual are inclined to put equal value of work domain and family domain, and there is a relative clear line between the work and family life. Whereas, in collectivist cultural society, asymmetry are shown in the work-family interface which means individual are willing to put priority on work domain. This social belief is most likely resulted from the cognition of connection and integration of work-family. Future task of Chinese researchers is to construct the localization theory to explain the phenomenon and mechanism of work-family interaction in Chinese society.

Key words:  work-family interaction, work-family conflict, culture sensitive, individualism-collectivism.

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