This study tested gender differences in a model positing relationships between work and family demands, overload, 4 coping mechanisms, and stress. The coping mechanisms were hypothesized to moderate the relationship between overload and stress. The sample consisted of 1,404 men and 1,623 women in dual-earner families. Respondents relied on 2 coping strategies: scaling back and restructuring family roles. Men were more likely than women to respond to overload by scaling back and less likely to respond by work-role restructuring. Coping by family-role restructuring moderated the relationship between role overload and stress for both groups; however, the gender difference was not significant. Coping by work-role restructuring moderated the relationship between overload and stress only for men. Copyright

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Keywords Coping, Dual-earner families and work, Multiple roles, Resiliency, Stress
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Journal Journal of Marriage and Family
Higgins, C.A. (Chris A.), Duxbury, L, & Lyons, S.T. (Sean T.). (2010). Coping with overload and stress: Men and women in dual-earner families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72(4), 847–859. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00734.x