Exploring the mediating role of coping in the work-family conflict and job strain relationship : a study of female educators in schools across the iLembe region.
Job strain, work-family conflict and coping strategies in a sample of female educators (N=107) were explored in the present study. The study also included an examination of the relationship between job strain, work-family conflict and coping strategies. The study made use of the work family conflict scale which measures the levels of work-to-family conflict and family-to-work conflict (WFC). The Teacher Stress Measure (TSM) was used to measure the levels of teacher strain. In addition, the Coping Orientation for Problem Experienced (COPE) questionnaire was used to measure the various coping strategies utilised by female educators. Results of study revealed that female educators experienced high levels of work-to-family conflict and low levels of family-to-work conflict. In addition, the total work-family conflict scale and the work-to family conflict subscale was found to have a positive relationship with job strain. The results of the current study offered no support for the mediating role of coping in the job strain and work family conflict relationship.