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Negotiating work and family life

Harriet Churchill

in Parental rights and responsibilities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847420916
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302896 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420916.003.0009
Negotiating work and family life

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This chapter reviews research about parental perspectives and experiences of paid work. It highlights discrepancies between parental aspirations and preferences in relation to work-family issues and dominant current policy perspectives which inform welfare to work and family-friendly employment policies. The chapter further finds that, while recent childcare, in-work support, and employability reforms have extended support and opportunities to many parents, the framework of support for parents in relation to employment opportunities and experiences does not fully take account of the ongoing difficulties some parents face in taking up and sustaining training and paid employment, or achieving a satisfactory work-family balance. The coexistence of different ideal models of fatherhood can place pressures on fathers to maintain the main-provider role while additionally being involved in family life and contributing to childcare.

Keywords: parental perspectives; parental experiences; parental aspirations; work-family issues; family-friendly employment; employment opportunities; paid employment; work-family balance; main-provider role

Chapter.  6951 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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