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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

Industrial/Organizational Psychology: M.S.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Jody Illies

Second Advisor

Marcy Young-Illies

Third Advisor

David Robinson

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Keywords and Subject Headings

Work-family conflict, Korean-American, work interfering with family (WIF), family interfering with work (FIW), perceived work demand, perceived family demand, collectivism


Work-family conflict research has been lacking in regard to cross-cultural studies, with research being primarily composed of Western samples and studied by Western researchers (Poelmans, 2003). Similarly, demographics in America (U.S. Census Bureau, 2008) make no distinction on generations of Asian-Americans, categorizing these populations under one construct such as Japanese or Korean. While the research is limited, several personal accounts of 1st and 2nd generation Korean-Americans (Gaertner, 2012; Kim, Huhr & Kim, 1993; Takeshita & Leong, 2007; Zeon, 1994) show the need to distinguish between the generations. This study explored the relationship between perceived work/family demand and work-family conflict, and how ethnicity and collectivism affected this relationship. Perceived work/family demand was explored as a mediator for the relationship between ethnicity and work-family conflict and between collectivism and work-family conflict. Results indicated that collectivism was a significant mediator of the relationship between demand and work-family conflict, whereas ethnicity was not.


Thank you to my thesis chair, Dr. Illies, as well as my committee of Dr. Young-Illies and Dr. Robinson. Thank you to my friends and family that have given me nothing but support during my time at graduate school.



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