Date of Award


Level of Access Assigned by Author

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Human Development


Robert M. Milardo

Second Committee Member

Gary Schilmoeller

Third Committee Member

Mary Ellin Logue


This study provides insight into how work may spillover and affect four primary home contexts: home management, leisure, parent-child relationships, and marital/cohabitating relationships. A questionnaire by Small and Riley (1990) was adopted, and delivered electronically via personal e-mail accounts and posted to electronic bulletin boards to faculty members, graduate students, and staff members at a rural northeastern university, USA. Over three weeks, 125 questionnaires were returned. This study found that the number of hours worked per week varied significantly with each primary home contexts; higher levels of stress at work are associated with higher levels of spillover on the primary partnership; and fathers report slightly more positive and negative spillover than mothers, particularly in parent-child relations.