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The Family Work Day

Steven L. Nock and Paul William Kingston
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 46, No. 2 (May, 1984), pp. 333-343
DOI: 10.2307/352465
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352465
Page Count: 11
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The Family Work Day
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Abstract

To understand the difficulties working couples face in balancing their work and family lives, we argue that it is essential to consider the family work day, the pattern of work-time commitment for a family as a unit that results from the combination of two individual workday schedules. Based on national survey data, we present estimates of three dimensions of the family work day for a large subpopulation of working couples. These dimensions are: (a) the total amount of time committed to work on a daily basis, (b) the amount of time at least one spouse is at work, and (c) the amount of time only one spouse is at work. We further indicate how the presence of children is associated with certain arrangements of the family work day.

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