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Multiple social roles - a resource or a burden: Is it possible for men and women to combine paid work with family life in a satisfactory way?
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2867-8537
2002 (English)In: Gender, Work & Organization, ISSN 0968-6673, Vol. 9, no 2, 125-145 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to study whether multiple social roles can be seen as a resource or a burden, or in other words, if a strong engagement in both paid work and family life is a positive or negative experience for men and women respectively. The main data used is a data set from Statistics Sweden, the so-called ULF (The study of living conditions), in which nearly 30 000 randomly selected individuals were interviewed. When analysing how the combined family and labour market situation is related to the number of preferred working hours and psychological distress of individuals, the results show that it is primarily cohabiting women with children who work more than 40 hours per week, that want to reduce their working hours. However, the distress level is not relatively high for this category. Results indicating that many women, and some men, who have multiple social roles express a wish to reduce their working hours, but this does not necessarily mean that the levels of distress are higher for these groups. This may be a result of the fact that the alternative resources provided by multiple social roles in some sense outweigh the stressful effects that double demands have on psychological distress.

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2002. Vol. 9, no 2, 125-145 p.
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Work, Family, Psychological wellbeing, Women, Men
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Gender Studies Nursing Sociology Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-5083DOI: 10.1111/1468-0432.00152Local ID: 5040OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-5083DiVA: diva2:30115
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30 Last updated: 2011-01-10Bibliographically approved

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