TEN ADAPTIVE STRATEGIES FOR FAMILY AND WORK BALANCE: ADVICE FROM SUCCESSFUL FAMILIES

Despite negative media images and social dynamics insensitive to the lives of many dual-career couples, research shows that these families are largely healthy and thriving. In this study, we investigated the adaptive strategies of middle-class, dual-earner couples (N=47) with children that are succe...

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Published in:Journal of marital and family therapy, Vol. 27, No. 4 (2001), p. 0
Main Author: Haddock, Shelley A. (Author)
Other Involved Persons: Zimmerman, Toni Schindler ; Ziemba, Scott J. ; Curent, Lisa R.
Format: electronic Article
Published: Oxford, UK : Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2001
ISSN:1752-0606
Physical Description:Online-Ressource
DOI:10.1111/j.1752-0606.2001.tb00339.x
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  • Despite negative media images and social dynamics insensitive to the lives of many dual-career couples, research shows that these families are largely healthy and thriving. In this study, we investigated the adaptive strategies of middle-class, dual-earner couples (N=47) with children that are successfully managing family and work. Guided by grounded-theory methodology, analysis of interview data revealed that these successful couples structured their lives around 10 major strategies: Valuing family, striving for partnership, deriving meaning from work, maintaining work boundaries, focusing and producing at work, taking pride in dual earning, prioritizing family fun, living simply, making decisions proactively, and valuing time. Each adaptive strategy is defined and illustrated through the participants' own words. Clinical applications for therapists working with dual-earner couples are offered.