Editorial: family, work and well-being over the life course
In the last few decades of the twentieth century major changes occurred in work and family life in Australia. Women entered the work force at unprecedented rates. This change was particularly marked for wives and mothers, who increasingly added paid work to their family responsibilities (Baxter 2002). Men’s average employment hours and real wages declined (van Wanrooy et al. 2007). Households came to depend on women’s earnings as well as on men’s, and the dual-earner household became a normative family form. Concurrently, social attitudes became more liberal (Bittman and Pixley 1997), rates of marriage declined (de Vaus 2004), the number of couples divorcing increased (Hewitt et al. 2005), the number of couples living together before or instead of marriage rose dramatically (de Vaus 2004), young women’s educational attainment outstripped young men’s (Craig et al. 2010), women delayed childbearing and couples had smaller families (McDonald 2000).
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Journal of Population Research
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- 1. Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
- 2. Social Policy Research Centre, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
- 3. The School of Social Science and The Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia