Title

Integrating educational careers in work and family

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1-2007

Abstract

Educational careers are shaped by both work and family roles. This study compares middle-class dual-earner couples in which wives were currently returned to school (N = 124) with couples in which the wives had never returned to school (N = 866). These data are combined with additional in-depth interviews with 24 women who returned to school. Our life course perspective highlights why working women return to school, the resistance they experience in redefining family roles, and outcomes on family and marital satisfaction. Gendered family adaptive strategies, made earlier in the life course, are associated with the decisions to return to school and the negative impact this decision has on family life quality.

Publication Name

Community, Work and Family

Volume Number

10

First Page

231

Last Page

250

Issue Number

2

DOI

10.1080/13668800701270166

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