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Working it out: strategies to reconcile work and family among Swedish lone mothers
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Sociologi, Familj och nära relationer)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8068-2667
2015 (English)In: Families, Relationships and Societies, ISSN 2046-7435, E-ISSN 2046-7443Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Drawing on 39 interviews with Swedish lone mothers, this article aims to explore the central coping strategies used by the mothers in reconciling work and family. The article also studies how working conditions and access to economic and social capital influence the coping strategies used. The findings indicate a variety of coping strategies. These were clearly influenced by position in the labour market and access to social and economic capital. While for instance working-class mothers tried to changed jobs to cope with temporary employments, middle-class mothers used flexitime to cope with work–family conflict. Access to social capital was crucial for all mothers.

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Policy Press, 2015.
Keyword [en]
lone motherhood, work–family conflict, work–family integration, coping strategies, social capital, economic capital
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Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46124DOI: 10.1332/204674315X14418885009965OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-46124DiVA: diva2:861178
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Swedish Research Council, 344-2011-5462
Available from: 2015-10-15 Created: 2015-10-15 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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