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date: 12 November 2019

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This chapter considers the effects of nonwork crises on the work–family interface. Drawing from Crisis Theory (Caplan, 1961, 1964), we develop a framework to understand how crisis events may affect work and family life over time. In so doing, we examine the short- and long-term work–family outcomes of crisis, and consider potential moderators of the associations between the experience of a crisis event and these outcomes. Next, we apply the framework to a number of exemplar nonwork crises internal and external to the individual and family, including addiction, relationship loss, natural disasters, and military deployment. We conclude by identifying research priorities related to understanding work and family in times of crisis.

Keywords: work, family, crisis, nonwork crises, adaptation theory

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