Mood spillover and crossover among dual-earner couples : a cell phone event sampling study
Uy, Marilyn A.
Date of Issue2008
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)
In this study, the authors examined affective experiences of dual-earner couples. More specifically, the authors explored how momentary moods can spill over between work and family and cross over from one spouse to another. Fifty couples used their cell phones to provide reports of their momentary moods over 8 consecutive days. Results show significant spillover and crossover effects for both positive and negative moods. Work orientation moderated negative mood spillover from work to home, and the presence of children in the family decreased negative mood crossover between spouses. Crossover was observed when spouses were physically together and when the time interval between the spouses' reports was short. With this study, the authors contribute to the work and family research by examining the nature of mood transfers among dual-earner couples, including the direction, valence, and moderators of these transfers across work and family domains. The authors also contribute to the event sampling methodology by introducing a new method of using cell phones to collect momentary data.
Journal of applied psychology
© 2008 American Psychological Association This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Applied Psychology, American Psychological Association. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at:[http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0021-9010.93.2.443].