Title

The Family-Friendly Community and Its Life Course Fit for Dual-Earner Couples

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2004

Abstract

Much is known about family-friendly workplaces. This article examines the less understood family- friendliness of the communities in which dual-earner couples reside. Using data from a representative sample of dual-earner couples (N = 727) in upstate New York, we examine how individual, couple, and neighborhood characteristics are associated with perceptions of community family-friendliness. Using a life course perspective, we find that couples with young children rate their communities more favorably than do other couples. Findings also indicate that for couples with children of their own, living in a neighborhood with many other families with children is associated with higher ratings of family-friendliness. We term this match, between a couple's life stage and their neighborhood's demographic structure, life stage-neighborhood fit.

Publication Name

Journal of Marriage and Family

Volume Number

66

First Page

281

Last Page

292

Issue Number

2