ERIC Number: ED257026
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Patterns of Work and Family Involvement among Single and Dual Earner Couples: Two Competing Analytical Approaches.
Yogev, Sara; Brett, Jeanne
This paper offers a conceptual framework for the intersection of work and family roles based on the constructs of work involvement and family involvement. The theoretical and empirical literature on the intersection of work and family roles is reviewed from two analytical approaches. From the individual level of analysis, the literature reviewed reveals three theoretical models which assert: (1) that work and family are separate role environments (segmented); (2) that work and family roles are antithetical (compensatory); or (3) that work and family roles are fundamentally similar (spillover). Literature from the couple's level of analysis is then reviewed which presents evidence for the existence of an inter-spouse relationship. Based on this review, a conceptual framework is proposed. Included is a table which lists all possible combinations of work and family involvement between two spouses. These 24 combinations are then collapsed into four general patterns: all roles symmetric; all roles asymmetric; symmetric family-asymmetric work; and asymmetric family-symmetric work. Each of these patterns is described and their place in the existing literature is examined. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Washington, DC. Organizational Effectiveness Research Program.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (San Francisco, CA, October 16-20, 1984).