TITLE

PARENTS' LONG WORK HOURS AND THE IMPACT ON FAMILY LIFE

AUTHOR(S)
Fursman, Lindy
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
Social Policy Journal of New Zealand;Jun2009, Issue 35, p55
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports on findings from a multi-method study on long working hours and their impact on family life. It draws on data from the New Zealand 2006 Census, a review of the literature, and a small qualitative study involving in-depth interviews with 17 families with dependent children in which at least one partner was working long hours. The study found that parents' working hours were driven by the requirements of their jobs, income, and the cultures of their workplaces, as well as the satisfaction work provided. Many parents felt unable to reduce their hours, despite believing that their hours had a variety of negative impacts on family life. A number of factors mediated the impact of long hours of work, including the availability of extended family for childcare and support; having flexible work arrangements and control over hours of work (including both the number of hours and when hours were worked); and how satisfied spouses were with both the number of hours of paid work and the impact of these hours on the availability of the long-hours worker to spend time with children and to do a share of the household chores. The article concludes by noting that long hours are just one factor among many that affect family functioning and wellbeing.
ACCESSION #
48923970

 

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