ERIC Number: ED285099
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
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Dual Career Couples: Helping Them Have It All.
Chambliss, Catherine; Hartl, Alan
The recent acceleration of mothers' participation in the workplace has transformed the lives of millions of wives, husbands, and children, and has created an urgent need for strategies to assist families with two working parents. Dual career couples, especially those with young children, frequently feel overwhelmed by their lifestyle. The external demands of the workplace, children's needs, and household responsibilities compete for limited time, creating obvious stress on the dual career couple. These external stresses may be compounded by internal feelings of guilt, anxiety, alienation, powerlessness, rigidity, anger, and competition. There are four factors that dual career couples can become aware of which will help them become more stress resistant: (1) commitment; (2) control; (3) confidence; and (4) cooperation. Couples high in these characteristics are probably more successful and satisfied, and success and satisfaction with this lifestyle strengthens commitment, control, confidence, and cooperation. The relationship appears to be reciprocal. Although career and family involvement are not easily combined, given the demands of today's competitive, inflexible workplace and the scarcity of childcare resources, a balance can be achieved and couples can find satisfaction in the combination of family and career roles. (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Eastern Symposium on Building Family Strengths (3rd, University Park, PA, March 23-25, 1987).