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Consequences of the Family Work Day
Paul William Kingston and Steven L. Nock
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 47, No. 3 (Aug., 1985), pp. 619-629
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352263
Page Count: 11
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The paper analyzes how dimensions of the family work day are related to various aspects of the domestic lives of dual-earner couples. (The concept of the "family work day" directs attention to the combined number of hours that a couple works each day, as well as how the two separate schedules are related to each other.) Neither the combined number of hours a couple works nor the amount of time one or both spouses is working is strongly related to the quality of family life, although the couple's work schedule generally tends to have stronger effects on the attitudes and behaviors of wives than husbands. Work scheduling seems to be a contingency of family life that most couples claim to deal with in a rather nondisruptive way. The study is based on multivariate analysis of the 1977 Quality of Employment Survey.
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