The study examined the relationships between the two types of Work-Family Conflict (WFC): Work Interfering with Family (WIF) and Family Interfering with Work (FIW) and perceived stress as well as the role of the big five personality factors as possible moderators in the WFC-Stress relationship. Data was collected from 188 working parents in Malaysia. Hierarchical moderated regression analyses revealed that both WIF and FIW were significant predictors of stress. Among the big five personality factors, agreeableness and emotional stability moderated the WFC-stress relationships but in different ways. Agreeableness exacerbates stress as WIF increases but alleviates stress when FIW increases. Emotional stability on the other hand heightened stress when work interfered with the family. Practical implications and suggestions for reducing stress among working parents are discussed in accordance to the findings.
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