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Work family balance and emotional intelligence as predictors of quality of life among married people in Makurdi metropolis

Samuel Terzungwe Anhange, Philip Aondowase Iorwuese, Christopher Hannah

Abstract


This research investigated work-family balance and emotional intelligence as predictors of quality of life among married people in Makurdi metropolis. 209 participants consisting of 110 (52.6%) males and 98 (47.1%) females were used for the study. Their ages ranged from 20-67 with the mean age of 38.02 (SD= 9.11). They were selected through stratified simple random sampling method. Satisfaction with Work-Family Balance Scale, Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire-Short Form (TEIQue-SF) and the Brief Version of World Health Organization Quality of Life Scale were used for data collection. Statistical analysis involved the use of Multiple Linear Regression as well as Multiple Hierarchical Regression. Findings from the hypotheses indicated that, Work family balance and its dimensions (time, involvement and satisfaction) jointly predicted overall quality of life significantly among married people in Makurdi metropolis. Emotional intelligence and its dimensions (perceiving emotions, using emotions, understanding emotions, and managing emotions) jointly predicted overall quality of life significantly among married people in Makurdi metropolis. Finally, work family balance and emotional intelligence jointly predicted quality of life significantly among married people in Makurdi metropolis. It was recommended that, there is the need to examine organizational policies from a gender perspective and to analyze the impact of public policy on organizational practices in order to enhance married people’s quality of life. Also, Industrial Social Workers should educate working married people on how to balance their work and family responsibilities in order to have a sense of belongingness in both domains so as to perform efficiently and effectively in the workplace.

Keywords: Work-family balance, Emotional intelligence, Quality of life, Married people, Makurdi metropolis.




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