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: Sociology, Politics and Policy Research Group
Departments: Development and Society > Psychology, Sociology and Politics
Identification Number: 10.1177/0950017004045549
Depositing User: Ning Tang
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2017 10:24
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2017 10:24
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14173

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