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ERIC Number: ED261298
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Dual Career Families.
Farmer, Helen S.
Home-career conflict may exist in varying degrees for both spouses in a dual-career couple. Home-career conflict exists when a dual-career wife values both homemaking and career and views some aspects of these two roles as incompatible. Home-career conflict results when a dual-career husband values his own career and that of his wife, but is uncomfortable with his wife's successes at work. Dual-career couples who hold traditional sex-role values are more likely to experience role conflict at a level that interferes with their effectiveness, while couples with less traditional values may experience some conflict and role overload. Smith's (1981) finding that egalitarian family decision-making was more characteristic of wives employed at professional levels, combined with Klein's (1984) finding that fewer dual-career wives were employed at levels commensurate with their training, suggest that women have a long way to go to achieve equity. The fact that role conflict exists, and may impact the level of career involvement for wives, and the level of family involvement for husbands, supports the need for approaches to reducing role conflict which incorporate values clarification for both men and women. Rational strategies to reduce overload and increase role efficiency are also useful. An egalitarian decision-making style between dual-career spouses can result in less conflict over home and career roles and more effective behaviors in both roles. (NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (69th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).