Buffering Role of Perceptions of Work-Life Balance on the Relationship Between External Obligations and Health

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The study proposed that perceptions of work-life balance (WLB) among employed college students is a critical antecedent of student health. We also predicted and found evidence suggesting that how students perceive their life demands influences WLB, with WLB being enhanced for those perceiving life-demands positively and being undermined for those with negative views of their life demands. In this online study of 119 working college students, we found that WLB completely mediated the effect of external obligations on health. Specifically, health outcomes were higher among employed students when they perceived their external obligations as providing balance in their lives.

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