Working time and work and family conflict in the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK

COUSINS, Christine R. and TANG, Ning (2004). Working time and work and family conflict in the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. Work, employment and society, 18 (3), 531-549.

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    Abstract

    This article presents evidence on working time flexibility and the experience of work and family conflict in the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, using data from a comparable questionnaire. We find that the experience of balancing work and family life in the different countries yields some surprising and paradoxical results. This is particularly the case in Sweden where, despite the establishment of gender equality and work–family reconciliation policies, we find that higher proportions of both mothers and fathers than in the other two countries report a conflict between their work and family lives. In the Netherlands and the UK it is fathers rather than mothers who are more likely to report conflicting pressures between work and family life. In each country these experiences are related to the hours of work of women and men, but in the context of different working-time regimes and with different compromises and solutions to the unresolved tensions surrounding the conciliation of work and family life.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Europe / family / flexibility / gender / time / work
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017004045549
    Page Range: 531-549
    Depositing User: Ning Tang
    Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2017 10:24
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 17:15
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14173

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