Coworker informal work accommodations to family: Scale development and validation

Jessica Mesmer-Magnus*, Toshio Murase, Leslie A. DeChurch, Miliani Jiménez

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Drawing on research regarding the utility of coworker support in mitigating work/ family conflict, the authors developed a scale to measure Coworker-enacted Informal Work Accommodations to Family (C-IWAF). C-IWAF differs from coworker support in that it describes actual behaviors coworkers engage in to help one another deal with incompatible work and family demands. Results based on a sample of 390 working caregivers provide support for the independence of C-IWAF from other forms of coworker support. Analyses of the factor structure obtained for this instrument indicate that C-IWAF is composed of six unique factors: child care assistance, facilitating telework, continuing work modification, short-term work modification, helping behavior, and deviating behavior. Implications of these results for research and practice are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-531
Number of pages21
JournalEducational and Psychological Measurement
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010


  • Coworker backup
  • Coworker support
  • Organizational citizenship
  • Work/family conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Applied Mathematics


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