Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 207–234

Practices of Dual Earner Couples Successfully Balancing Work and Family

  • Shelley A. Haddock
  • Toni Schindler Zimmerman
  • Kevin P. Lyness
  • Scott J. Ziemba
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10834-006-9014-y

Cite this article as:
Haddock, S.A., Zimmerman, T.S., Lyness, K.P. et al. J Fam Econ Iss (2006) 27: 207. doi:10.1007/s10834-006-9014-y

ABSTRACT

Researchers have long explored conflict and strain in dual-career couples. Recently, the focus has begun to shift toward documenting the adaptive strategies of dual-earner couples in balancing family and work. The current study investigates workplace practices perceived as supportive in balancing work and family. Respondents were middle-class, dual-earner couples (N=47) who described themselves as successful in balancing family and work. These supportive practices include: flexible work scheduling, non-traditional work hours, professional/job autonomy, working from home, supportive supervisors, supportive colleagues and supervisees, and the ability to set firm boundaries around work. Additionally, many participants describe their efforts to actively secure employment at workplaces that offered family–friendly alternatives, and describe the tradeoffs they are willing to make.

Keywords

couples, dual-earner, opportunity costs, tradeoffs, work-family balance

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shelley A. Haddock
    • 1
  • Toni Schindler Zimmerman
    • 1
  • Kevin P. Lyness
    • 2
  • Scott J. Ziemba
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Development and Family Studies DepartmentColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Department of Applied PsychologyAntioch New England Graduate SchoolKeeneUSA