Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 310–334 | Cite as

Managing Conflicting Roles: A Qualitative Study with Female Faculty Members

  • Karla M. Damiano-TeixeiraEmail author


The interface and transactions between the roles individuals need to play in their family and employment environments are a source of both positive and negative stressors for women, their employers, and family members. Drawing on interviews with female faculty members working in three types of higher education institutions in Michigan, the paper first suggests that female faculty members’ current employment-household management is influenced by past decisions. In addition, the complexity of their family and employment careers positively and negatively influences their lives.


employment-family interface qualitative study women in academia. 



This research was supported by the Capes Foundation, Ministry of Education, Brazil. This article is part of a PhD dissertation entitled “Toward an integrated family–employment management theory: A qualitative analysis of female faculty members working in higher education institutions,” 2003, Michigan State University, East Lansing.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Economia DomésticaUniversidade Federal de ViçosaMGBrazil

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