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Economic Crisis, Quality of Work, and Social IntegrationThe European Experience$
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Duncan Gallie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199664719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199664719.001.0001

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Work–Family Conflict and Economic Change

Work–Family Conflict and Economic Change

(p.169) 7 Work–Family Conflict and Economic Change
Economic Crisis, Quality of Work, and Social Integration

McGinnity Frances

Russell Helen

Oxford University Press

Chapter 7 investigates the impact of economic recession on how people reconcile work and family life. Using individual-level data from 18 European countries in 2004 and 2010, this chapter found that a variety of work and family factors influence work-family conflict experienced by employees in couples in Europe. The overall picture is of a modest rise in the four-item index of work-family conflict between 2004 and 2010. Various factors play a role – most noticeably the rise in work pressure between the two years, but also the rise in unsocial hours and working overtime at short notice, and the rise in job insecurity. In general cross-national differences in the change in work-family conflict over time are modest. An analysis of recession-related changes to individual circumstances preceding the 2010 survey shows how cutbacks in family spending, firm difficulties, increased job insecurity and doing less interesting work are associated with higher work-family conflict.

Keywords:   Family and work, Work-life conflict, Recession, Working conditions, European Social Survey, Europe

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