Heterosexual bias in the measurement of work-family conflict for same-sex couples

Open Access
Sawyer, Katina
Graduate Program:
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Date of Defense:
August 17, 2012
Committee Members:
  • Jeanette Cleveland, Dissertation Advisor
  • Melissa Wright, Committee Chair
  • Jeanette Cleveland, Committee Chair
  • Rick R Jacobs, Committee Member
  • Kevin Murphy, Committee Member
  • Stephanie A Shields, Committee Member
  • Kathleen Bieschke, Committee Member
  • Diversity
  • LGBT
  • Sexuality
  • Work-family conflict
  • Workplace fairness
  • Intersectionality
  • Workplace Equity
Little is known about whether LBG individuals experience work-family conflict differently than heterosexual individuals. Because LGB individuals have been a silenced minority within the work-family conflict literature, the current study examined the extent to which work-family conflict is experienced within an LGB sample in order to generate an inclusive measure of work-family conflict. Within Study 1, 41 interviews were conducted with LGB individuals, resulting in the generation of 38 items for an initial scale of LGB work-family conflict, called “identity-based conflict”. Further, initial relationships between work-family conflict and potential antecedents were examined. In Study 2, these 38 items were retranslated into their intended category and rated on importance. Results suggest that generated scale items were viewed as important to the work-family conflict domain and that the LGB work-family conflict measure is likely to be a multi-dimensional stand-alone measure, as opposed to a unidimensional add-on measure to be used in addition to existing work-family conflict dimensions.