Work-Family Balance and Well-Being among Japanese Dual-Earner Couples: A Spillover-Crossover Perspective

Akihito Shimazu, Kyoko Shimada, Izumi Watai

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In Japan, the entry of women into the work force has become increasingly common. The number of dual-earner families has been larger than that of single-earner families since 1997. Wives play a more important role in child care and housework in dual-earner couples with one or more children because of their husbands' longer working hours and because they conform to traditional gender roles. Thus, there is a potential for interference or conflict between the work and non-work lives of dual- earner couples (especially for the wives). This chapter examines work-family balance and its impact on well-being among Japanese dual-earner couples from a spillover-crossover perspective. It also discusses several unexamined issues, which need further research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Occupational Health Psychology
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Perspectives on Research and Practice
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781118713860
ISBN (Print)9781118713907
Publication statusPublished - 2014 May 5
Externally publishedYes


  • Japanese dual-earner couples
  • Spillover-crossover model
  • Well-being
  • Work-family balance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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