USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

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Lindsey Rodriguez, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Second Advisor

Thomas W. Smith, Ph.D. Director, Honors Program

Third Advisor

Zheng Chen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Business


University of South Florida St. Petersburg



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Extensive research has been conducted on interpersonal conflict, work-life balance, and job performance/satisfaction, with much of it focused on the implications when it originates in the workplace. However, a meta-analysis of the existing literature has found a shortage of information related to interpersonal conflict derived from outside the workplace (e.g., romantic conflict), especially when it overlaps into spillover associated with job satisfaction and performance. One-hundred and eighty-three participants aged 18-26 who were both in a relationship and had a full-time job were gathered using Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk). A survey was administered to measure the participants’ self-reported romantic relationship conflict and satisfaction, and their views towards job satisfaction, performance, and spillover effects. These data were then analyzed to determine the association between the participants’ perceived dysfunctional romantic conflict, job satisfaction/performance, and spillover. Results suggested that romantic conflict does impact job spillover and counterproductive work behavior but does not translate to a drop in self-reported job satisfaction or performance.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program University of South Florida, St. Petersburg April 22rd, 2019.

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