WorkFamily Conflict in Coaching II: Managing Role Conflict Academic Article uri icon


  • The current study examined, via online focus groups, the consequences of workfamily conflict at work and at home with 41 mothers who are Division I head coaches. In addition, the authors focused on the coping mechanisms that these women used to achieve success at work and quality of life with family. Results revealed that workfamily conflict influenced outcomes with work (e.g., staffing patterns, relationships with athletes, team performance), family (e.g., time spent and relationships with children and spouses or partners), and life (e.g., guilt and exhaustion, balance and perspective, weaving work and family). Coping mechanisms included stress relief, self-awareness, organization and time management, sacrificing aspects of work, support networks, flexibility with hours, and family-friendly policies and cultures. Implications are that the women work to promote change within their circle of influence. Although their efforts might not result in actual policy changes, over which they feel limited control, they might result in changes in perceptions and attitudes.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Sport Management

author list (cited authors)

  • Bruening, J. E., & Dixon, M. A.

citation count

  • 66

complete list of authors

  • Bruening, Jennifer E||Dixon, Marlene A

publication date

  • October 2007