Publication Date

October 1997


Models of individual training participation choice typically incorporate economic and psychological variables. This study argues that such models can be improved with the inclusion of work/family factors. Data were collected from a sample of non-management telecommunications employees. Results indicate that, even after controlling for economic and psychological influences, training participation intent is influenced by work/family factors. Further, these factors differentially affect men and women, with women facing greater work/family constraints to training participation than men. Finally, employer support for balancing home and job responsibilities positively influences participation.


Suggested Citation
Clifton, J. (1997). Constraining influences on the decision to participate in training: The importance of the non-work environment (CAHRS Working Paper #97-25). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies.