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Open Access Thesis

Date of Award

January 2014

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First Advisor

Heather Dillaway


When our work identity changes our interactions within our family we experience work-family spillover. Recently sociologists have become increasingly intrigued by this role conflict and how it affects individuals. This spillover can affect individuals in either a negative or a positive way. Though this research shows the potential impact of work-family spillover there is very little discussing how specific occupations understand this conflict. My research focused on the occupation of chefs and explores their experiences with work-family spillover. After completing a qualitative content analysis of the autobiographies of five different chefs, this research has shed light on how these individuals discus their experiences with work-family spillover. After identifying twenty-six individuals themes, repeated in each memoir, I have found negative work-family spillover is the manner in which these chefs most commonly discuss this social phenomenon. Within this theme there are six different ways the subjects explained their encounters. In the first category of excerpts I found four unique ways that chefs showed their occupation does not allow them time to engage with their families. The second category of passages shows how this occupation intrudes into the employees' family. In the end, this study improves researchers' comprehension of work-family spillover within the world of chefs while also giving support to future research on specific occupations and their experiences with work-family spillover.

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