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ERIC Number: EJ747200
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
Single Mothers, Social Capital, and Work--Family Conflict
Ciabattari, Teresa
Journal of Family Issues, v28 n1 p34-60 2007
The purpose of this article is to examine work-family conflict among low-income, unmarried mothers. Analyzing the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a national sample of nonmarital births, I examine how social capital affects work-family conflict and how both social capital and work-family conflict affect employment. Results show that social capital reduces unmarried mothers' reports of work-family conflict, especially for low-income women. In addition, mothers who report high levels of conflict are less likely to be employed; this pattern holds for women who are looking for work and those who are not. However, even at high levels of conflict, low-income women are more likely to be employed. The results suggest that work-family conflict has two consequences for unmarried women: It keeps them out of the labor force and makes it more difficult for women who want to work to maintain employment stability. (Contains 6 tables, 1 figure and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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