umu.sePublications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
The relationship between work and family preferences and behaviors: A longitudinal study of gender differences in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2016 (English)In: Acta Sociologica, ISSN 0001-6993, E-ISSN 1502-3869Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Proposed theories to explain gender inequality in the labor market and family, such as gender specialization within families and gender segregation in the labor markets, lack consideration for individual preferences. Preference theory accounts for individual choice and gendered preferences but has been substantially criticized, indicating a need for further research. This study uses Swedish longitudinal data to explore how preferences for work and family relate to behavior. We explore three critical issues raised in previous research: gender differences in preferences; the relationship between work and family changes and subsequent preferences; how preferences relate to work and family behaviors. Our results showed small general gender differences in preferences, although women had a stronger preference for both children and work than men. Changes in work status were further related to changes in work preferences, while changes in family status were related to changes in family preferences. Moreover, preferences had poor predictive power in relation to work and family behaviors. Our results indicate that preferences do not explain gender inequality in Sweden. The relationship between preferences and behaviors seems bidirectional and preferences and behavior within the family sphere has little to do with preferences and behavior within the work sphere.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016.
Keyword [en]
Gender, family, labor market, preferences, longitudinal, Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124668DOI: 10.1177/0001699316659322OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-124668DiVA: diva2:954237
Available from: 2016-08-22 Created: 2016-08-22 Last updated: 2016-08-29

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Nilsson, KarinaHammarström, AnneStrandh, Mattias
By organisation
Department of SociologyDepartment of Public Health and Clinical MedicineDepartment of Social Work
In the same journal
Acta Sociologica
Social Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
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

Altmetric score

Total: 12 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link