Practitioners' work-life conflict: A PRSA survey

Hongmei Shen, Hua Jiang, Yan Jin, Bey Ling Sha

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This study examined public relations practitioners' experiences with work-life conflict and their coping mechanisms. Survey results of a national random sample of members of the Public Relations Society of America ( N = 565) added another layer to the work-life conflict literature by demonstrating the impact of the larger organizational environment and professional association on practitioners' conflict experiences. In short, a negative work environment could increase practitioners' self-reported levels of work-life conflict, yet a strong identification with the public relations profession and with the larger professional community could help mitigate such conflict. More alarmingly, a heightened level of work-life conflict would discourage practitioners' proactive coping mechanisms. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-421
Number of pages7
JournalPublic Relations Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015


  • Coping
  • Organizational environment
  • Professional identification
  • Work-life conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Marketing


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