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Dr. David Almeida

This project involves daily diary interviews for eight consecutive days with employees and one of their children aged 10-17 before and twelve months after an employer-initiated workplace program designed to increase employee flexibility and control over how and when their work is done and to increase the support of supervisors for employees’ work-family issues.

Penn State is part of the Work, Family Health Network (WFHN), which is comprised of eight research organizations conducting studies on how best to improve the health of workers and their families and reduce work-family conflict, while also benefiting the organizations. The purpose of Penn State’s diary component is to study a subsample of employees and their children in more depth to assess whether the outcomes of the employer-initiated workplace program spill over to improve employees’ daily family processes and health and cross over to daily family processes and health in children.

The Workplace Practices and Daily Family Well-Being project is funded by a cooperative agreement from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human, the National Institute on Aging, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research of the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Grants from the William T. Grant Foundation and the Administration for Children and Families have provided additional funding.

Using the additional funding from the W.T. Grant Foundation, in a project directed by Dr. Susan McHale, we are expanding the assessment of family setting characteristics and youth well-being outcomes in child and employee interviews. Specifically, we are assessing whether and how the employer-initiated workplace program affects family setting temporal arrangements, family resources, and family social processes and whether and how the workplace program affects the psychological and physical health of employees' children.

In addition, W.T. Grant funding allows graduate students to travel from their “home” site to another WFHN site for week-long “internship” experiences given that each center has unique expertise. The multidisciplinarity of our network team provides a fertile ground for educating the next generation of work-family researchers and policy makers, and we see graduate education as a significant “product” of the WFHN’s activities.

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