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Work, Family & Health Study

Work, Family & Health Study (WFHS) was a landmark evaluation of a work-family intervention launched in 2008 by an interdisciplinary team of researchers including HCPDS Director Lisa Berkman. The five-year, multi-site, randomized, controlled trial of an intervention to change the work environment was the most comprehensive evaluation of its kind, and HCPDS was one of a small number of research centers to spearhead this work funded by National Institutes of Health and Center for Disease Control and Prevention. A key finding of the WFHS was that workers supervised by family-supportive managers were significantly more likely to experience lower levels of work-family conflict.

The results of this highly successful intervention are described in the award-winning book, Overload: How Good Jobs Went Bad and What We Can Do About It.