ERIC Number: ED305553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Two-Paycheck Families: Techniques To Ease the Strains and Build the Strengths.
Chambliss, Catherine; Hartl, Alan
American family life is being transformed by both parents increasingly becoming employed. This change has created a need for strategies to assist single-parent and two-paycheck families. Two-paycheck families present problems to clinical psychologists. External demands on these families include the demands of the workplace, children's needs, the needs of aging parents, and household responsibilities. Internal difficulties include guilt, anxiety, alienation, powerlessness, rigidity, anger, and competition. Four factors characterize successful two-paycheck couples: commitment, control, confidence, and cooperation. Commitment involves believing in the choices that you make about how to live your life, and seeing your life as meaningful. Building a sense of commitment involves seing the world as interesting and benign. Control involves experiencing yourself as ultimately responsible for the shape of your life. Enhancing a sense of control requires recognizing how personal choices dictate outcomes. Confidence is the ability to see changes as developmental opportunities, rather than as a threat to security. Increasing confidence involves recognizing one's potential for coping and becoming more future and change oriented. Cooperation involves a mutual approach to solving problems, grounded in an awareness of and respect for others' needs. Increasing the level of cooperation within a family requires a climate of trust and caring. Two-paycheck families are not perfect, but their choices can facilitate the growth and development of all family members in a manner which more closely approximates fairness to all. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Symposium on Building Family Strengths (5th, University Park, PA, March 28-31, 1989).