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Counselling Psychology - Work-Life Conflict

Work-life conflict is a significant reality in today's world. What strikes you in the readings by Duxbury and Higgins?( please see below) What do you see as the impact on organizations, families and employees? What do we do to stop or reduce work-life conflict?

Duxbury, L. & Higgins, C. (2003). Work-life conflict in Canada in the new millennium: A status report. Retrieved December 4, 2003, from

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Have you read the suggested report by Duxbury & Higgins (2003) yet? If not, that is the place to start, as I will be referring to the report in this response. The listed website is no longer available, so please click for the article, which is 154 pages in length. It will take some time for you to read in its entirety, but it is important for you to read it. This response will be focused on a few salient findings.

Critical thinking assignments like this one are to help you learn how to read the information critically, and then write out your own ideas in your own words, e.g. what information stood out for you e.g., perhaps some information surprised or shocked you, or perhaps other information and research confirmed your beliefs about work-life conflict, and so on. This is a very important skill for you to learn and teaches you how to feel confident in writing your own opinions, and the likes. One great thing is that there are no right or wrong answer in critical thinking assignments like this one, because what strikes me as important may not necessarily be what strikes you as meaningful; both are valid and important however.

One last point... It is imperative that you get responses from OTAs that are grounded in the business or psychological literature, so I would suggest that when you ask for an OTA to write it in their own words, that you also ask for the references, because all information must be grounded in the empirical literature when it is an academic assignment. My personal views on work-conflict, for example, are really of no value to you, unless I am relating it back to the suggested article or the business or psychological literature. It needs to empirically based. One could speculate, but that has to be clearly pointed out in your response.

So, for questions like these, it is more than just giving your opinion on work-conflict; it is giving your opinion on the empirical findings of research done in the field and in this case on the topic of work-life conflict and specifically referring to the report listed. I am mentioning this because ...

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Work-life conflict is a significant reality in today's world. This solution comments on the work of Duxbury and Higgins (2003): "Work-life conflict in Canada in the new millennium: A status report." It also discusses the impact of conflict on organizations, families and employees, and ways to stop or reduce work-life conflict.