Gender and the Work-Family Experience: An Intersection of Two Domains

Gender and the Work-Family Experience: An Intersection of Two Domains

Language: English

Pages: 358

ISBN: 3319088904

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Conflict between work and family has been a topic of discussion since the beginning of the women's movement, but recent changes in family structures and workforce demographics have made it clear that the issues impact both women and men. While employers and policymakers struggle to navigate this new terrain, critics charge that the research sector, too, has been slow to respond.

Gender and the Work-Family Experience puts multiple faces – male as well as female – on complex realities with interdisciplinary and cross-cultural awareness and research-based insight. Besides reviewing the state of gender roles as they affect home and career, this in-depth reference examines and compares how women and men experience work-family conflict and its consequences for relationships at home as well as outcomes on the job. Topics as wide-ranging as gendered occupations, gender and shiftwork, heteronormative assumptions, the myth of the ideal worker, and gendered aspects of work-family guilt reflect significant changes in society and reveal important implications for both research and policy. Also included in the coverage: 

  • Gender ideology and work-family plans of the next generation
  • Gender, poverty, and the work-family interface
  • The double jeopardy effect: the importance of gender and race in work-family research
  • When work intrudes upon employees’ personal time: does gender matter?
  • Work-family equality: the importance of a level playing field at home
  • Women in STEM: family-related challenges and initiatives
  • Family-friendly organizational policies, practices, and benefits through the gender lens

Geared toward work-family and gender researchers as well as students and educators in a variety of fields, Gender and the Work-Family Experience will find interested readers in the fields of industrial and organizational psychology, business management, social psychology, sociology, gender studies, women’s studies, and public policy, among others..

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overarching social structure. That is not to say that work–family researchers must do away with all methodological practices and turn all of their focus onto underrepresented groups. Rather, work–family researchers can use an intersectional framework to look for causes of human behavior both upstream and downstream, to notice and hypothesize about the multiple paths that may lead individuals to the same or similar outcomes, and to understand the ways that different social categories depend on

determining women’s versus men’s WFC rather than work hours per se. In support of this notion, Grönlund (2007) found that in Sweden women in jobs with high demands and high control did not experience more WIF than men, even when working the same hours. Social support is another important antecedent associated with reduced WFC. Aycan and Eskin (2005) found gender differences in the type of support used by men and women in Turkey. For women, spousal support was associated with reduced WIF and FIW,

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