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Pathways to Satisfaction with Work-Life Balance: The Case of Russian-Language Internet Freelancers

Journal of Family and Economic Issues. 2014. Vol. 35. No. 4. P. 542-556.
Davis S. N., Shevchuk A., Strebkov D.

In this paper we examine satisfaction with work-life balance among non-standard workers. Using unique data from 6,009 Russian-language internet freelancers, who are typically both autonomous contractors and teleworkers, we make two key contributions. We found evidence to support the demand-resource model among self-employed professionals who typically have autonomy and control over their time, although these processes differ somewhat by gender. We also argue that overall life satisfaction is a significant influence on satisfaction with work-life balance and also acts as a mediator for the influence of some demands and resources on both male and female freelancers’ satisfaction with work-life balance. Implications for future research and social policy are discussed.