ERIC Number: ED296220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Dual Wage Families: Optimizing Mutual Growth.
Chambliss, Catherine A.; Hartl, Alan
Dual wage families are becoming the norm. Increased maternal participation in the workplace has transformed the lives of families and these dramatic changes have created an urgent need for strategies to assist families with two working parents. Most individuals pursuing this lifestyle are eager to learn how to cope more effectively with various common sources of conflict. Helping these families requires an understanding of their conflicts and stressors, and the application of appropriately conceived interventions. Four factors have been found to characterize successful dual earner couples. These couple-attitudes are commitment to an egalitarian lifestyle; assumption of a high degree of personal responsibility and recognition of choices; self-perception as generally competent; and demonstration of a high degree of mutual trust and respect. An intervention which has been successfully used with a diverse group of dual wage family members focuses on building stress-resistance strategies by building an orientation of hardiness. In the 1980s it seems that more couples would like a more truly egalitarian lifestyle, one in which both husband and wife, each equally committed to family and work, aspire to integrate their two roles as parent and worker and to view family and work as complementary, rather than adversarial segments of life experience. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Symposium on Building Family Strengths (4th, University Park, PA, April 5-7, 1988).