Impact of role strain on dual-earner couples’ subjective well-being
Sameshta, Dr. Sunita Agarwal
Today’s dual-earner couples juggle multiple roles including work. A common problem for dual earner couples in today’s society is increased responsibilities through work and family. Due to multiple responsibilities, dual-earner couples experience high role strain. Past studies also indicates that as role strain increases among dual-earner couples, their subjective well-being decreases. The present study was conducted in Jaipur city of Rajasthan state to find out the relationship between role strain and subjective well-being among dual-earner couples. Total 200 dual- earner couples (200 wives and 200 husbands) were selected for the study. Data were analyzed using SPSS 16.0 statistical tools. Bivariate analysis and Pearson correlation result shows that role strain and subjective well-being were negatively related to each other among both the groups. The correlation value between overall role strain and overall well-being was observed -0.177 among male spouses and -0.378 among female spouses. It was significant at 0.05 and 0.01 level respectively. This clarifies that as the overall role strain increases the overall subjective well-being decreases among both groups. It was also observed that female spouses perceived poor well-being due to high role strain as compared to their male counterparts.