Work - Family Conflict of Nurses in Thoen Hospital, Lampang Province


  • Patcharin Ketpratum Registered Nurse,Thoen Hospital,Lampang Province
  • Kulwadee Abhicharttibutra Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Bunpitcha Chitpakdee Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University


work - family conflict, nurse


Work-family conflicts affect nurse's work efficiency and family duties. The purpose of this descriptive study was to explore the level of work-family conflict and methods to reduce work-family conflict of nurses in Thoen Hospital, Lampang Province. Population was 62 nurses with at least 1 year working experience. The tools used in the study were 1) a multi-dimensional family-to-family conflict measurement (Carlson, Kacmar, & Williams, 2000) which was translated into Thai by the researcher.  The Cronbach’ s alpha coefficient of an instrument was 0.97, 2) open-ended questions regarding methods to reduce work-family conflict which have been reviewed for coverage, consistency and question order from experts. Data was analyzed by using frequency, percentage, range, mean, and standard deviation.

The results of study revealed that:

  1. Nurses in the Thoen Hospital, Lampang Province, had work - family conflicts regarding work interferes with families caused by time and stress at moderate levels,  and had work - family conflicts regarding  work interferes with families caused by behavior at a low level. The work - family conflicts regarding family interferes with work caused by time, stress and behavior were at low levels.
  2. Methods for reducing work-family conflicts were: reducing the workload of nurses, increasing the happiness of working of nurses, and educating nurse to improve skills for dealing with work-family conflicts.

Results of this study can be used as baseline information for nursing administrator to prevent and reduce work - family conflicts among nurses in order to obtain good quality of life and improve work efficiency of nurses.


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