English title: The Effect of Union Type on Work-Life Conflict in Five European Countries

Author(s): Kairi Kasearu -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2009


This paper explores the strategies for reconciling family and work in different union types. The focus here is on investigating how cohabiting and married individuals perceive the work-life conflict in different European countries. To test the union type impact on work-life balance in the context of different societal conditions, this paper draws on 2004 ESS data from Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom, Slovenia and Estonia (European Social Survey 2004). The pooled country data are examined to analyze the association between work-life conflict and socio-demographic, as well as family-level characteristics of individuals. The findings did not demonstrate uniform differences in the work-life conflict of married and cohabiting couples. However, a higher degree of worklife conflict among Swedish cohabiting women was still significant when controlling for individual characteristics, household composition and working conditions.

Volume: 93

Issue: 3

From page no: 549

To page no: 567

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1007/S11205-008-9432-3

Journal: Social Indicators Research

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