English title: Social support and the working hours of employed mothers in Europe: The relevance of the state, the workplace, and the family

Author(s): Anja-Kristin Abendroth - Tanja Van der Lippe - Ineke Maas -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2012

Abstract

This paper studies the influence of state, workplace, and family support on the working hours of employed mothers and how these different support sources interact. Data taken from the European Social Survey 2004/2005 as well as country-specific information were used to estimate several hierarchical models. We find evidence that the availability of supportive workplace arrangements and family support positively impact the working hours of employed mothers and that state policies facilitating the traditional family have a negative effect. There is weak support for a positive relationship between state policies facilitating the dual-earner family and working hours of employed mothers. In addition, most of the sources of support appear to be complementary. Supportive family role models and supportive workplace arrangements have a reinforcing relationship, as do publicly funded child care and supportive workplace arrangements.

Volume: 41

Issue: 3

From page no: 581

To page no: 597

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1016/J.SSRESEARCH.2011.12.008

Journal: Social Science Research