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Gender, work and childbearing: couple analysis of work adjustments after the transition to parenthood
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2015 (English)In: Community, Work and Family, ISSN 1366-8803, E-ISSN 1469-3615, Vol. 18, no 1, 1-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study focusses on Swedish couples' work adjustment following the transition to parenthood. Specifically, we ask whether couples' gender role attitudes influence whether they make adjustments to their work situations after the end of the parental leave. Using couple data from the Young Adult Panel Study , we find that both partners are more likely to make work adjustments when both partners hold egalitarian attitudes. It is also mre likely that only the male partne will make work changes when both partners are egalitarian. When one partner holds more egalitarian attitudes than the other partner, it tends to have a stronger impact on the work adjustment of the more egalitarian partner. For example, couples with egalitarian male partners are more than three times as likely  to have the male partner change his work situation as couples in which neither partner holds egalitarian attitudes. While less consistent, there is some evidence that female egalitarian attitudes increase the likelihood of female work changes.

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2015. Vol. 18, no 1, 1-18 p.
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work and family, transition to parenthood, work adjustments, gender role attitudes, couple data, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-109603DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2014.928610OAI: diva2:765685
Available from: 2014-11-24 Created: 2014-11-24 Last updated: 2015-02-09Bibliographically approved

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