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ERIC Number: ED435891
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Pages: 20
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Dual Career Families: A Family Therapy Perspective.
Hill, Nicole R.
This literature review provides an overview of the impact of dual careers on family and family therapy. The dual career family currently represents the most common married unit. Because both work and family stress impact psychological well-being variables such as depression and self-esteem, family and work can not be understood as two separate and distinct domains. Rather, they must be considered interactionally and interdependently. The impact of dual career lifestyle encompasses all family members. Family therapy, with its emphasis on family interactions and interconnectedness, provides a clinical framework for addressing the issues inherent in dual career lifestyles. This review of the literature covers topics including the impact of dual-career lifestyle on family relationships, issues for women in dual career families, issues for men in dual career families, and the impact on children. Implications for family therapy are also discussed. The literature suggests that family therapists have three fundamental responsibilities for counseling dual career families. Family therapists assist families in negotiating roles, values, and traditions; advocate for family support in the work environment; and, consult organizations about system dysfunctions. Themes in family counseling relating to dual career families include boundaries between self and others, expectations about roles and responsibilities, shared decision making, support, and marital intimacy. (Contains 53 references.) (GCP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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