Accession Number:

ADA135055

Title:

Patterns of Work and Family Involvement Among Single and Dual Earner Couples: Two Competing Analytical Approaches

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

NORTHWESTERN UNIV EVANSTON IL CENTER FOR URBAN AFFAIRS AND POLICY RESEARCH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

75.0

Abstract:

This study analyzes the intersection of work and family at the individual level i.e. segmented, compensatory, and spillover models and at the couple level i.e. independent, all roles symmetric, all roles asymmetric, symmetric family - asymmetric work, and asymmetric family - symmetric work patterns. Dual earner couples 136 and housewives couples 103 were characterized according to each spouses family and work involvement, attitudes, and behavior. At the individual level some support for each of the three models was found but no one model accounts for all the relationships studied and no subpopulation i.e. employed women, men with employed women, men with housewives can be said to follow any particular model than another. The results at the couples level suggest that at least among dual-earner couples, family dynamics account for some of the variance in individuals work and family attitudes and behaviors. Dual earner couples were characterized by six significant patterns of work and family involvement and single earner couples by four significant patterns. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE