Stress in the Work-Family Interface: Role Blurring and Conflict
Among the three forms of role blurring, work contact may have the most potent-and complex-association with mastery for several reasons.
Specifically, the demand hypothesis predicts (1) that work-family role blurring and WFC/FWC is negatively associated with mastery, and (2) that part of the influence of role blurring on mastery occurs indirectly through WFC/FWC.
Similarly, hours mismatch is associated with lower mastery because of its link to role blurring and inter-role conflict.
This pattern explicitly demonstrates the downsides of role blurring for psychological functioning; moreover, it provides clues as to why previous studies show negative consequence of role-blurring activities for stress in the work-family interface (Schieman and Young 2010b; Voydanoff 2005).
Specifically, once we take into account the inter-role conflict that tends to coincide with work and family contact, both forms of role blurring are associated positively with sense of mastery.
Barriers to full use of all disciplines on the interdisciplinary team include lack of knowledge of the expertise of other professions, role blurring, conflicts arising from differences among professions in values and theoretical base, negative team norms, client stereotyping, and administrative issues.
Role blurring may lead to competition between professions (Davidson, 1990; Kulys & Davis, 1987; Lowe & Herranen, 1982), and decreased quality of services.
Role blurring and the hospital social worker's search for a clear domain.