umu.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
In search of family-friendly careers?: Professional strategies, work conditions and gender differences in work-family conflict
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7680-334X
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2018 (English)In: Community, Work and Family, ISSN 1366-8803, E-ISSN 1469-3615, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 87-105Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to investigate whether women in a dual-earner context acquire family-friendly jobs as a strategy to keep work–family conflict down. The analysis is based on a survey of newly graduated highly educated men and women in five occupations in Sweden (n ≈ 2400). The sample was stratified by occupation and gender to minimize the influence of factors other than gender. The results show that women are more family-oriented, but also more career-oriented than men in their professional strategies. In their jobs, women have less control over work and schedules than men but a similar level of work demands. However, women face lower requirements for employer flexibility (e.g. frequent over time) and this is related to their professional strategies. Finally, women report a higher level of work–family conflict than men in the same occupation, but this gender difference becomes non-significant when accounting for women's lower level of control. In sum, women in this sample clearly aim for both family and career and do not acquire family-friendly jobs, but aim to avoid 'family-unfriendly' requirements for constant availability. To some extent, this enables them to limit their work–family conflict but due to their lower control over work, women still experience more conflict than men in the same occupation.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2018. Vol. 21, no 1, p. 87-105
Keywords [en]
Work–family conflict, gender, demands, control, flexibility
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138477DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2017.1375460ISI: 000429371700006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138477DiVA, id: diva2:1135644
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2011-0816Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2013-0342Available from: 2017-08-23 Created: 2017-08-23 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(1372 kB)35 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT02.pdfFile size 1372 kBChecksum SHA-512
d91459420d360f75ba86338857f870036ce912f5491dffba1af847de9da2bdcfb017dcb133a40119c9b924e0a71f736cb482bb13a9c8bed68babac53d6c02516
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full text

Authority records BETA

Grönlund, AnneÖun, Ida

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Grönlund, AnneÖun, Ida
By organisation
Department of Social WorkDepartment of Sociology
In the same journal
Community, Work and Family
Sociology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 35 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 228 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf