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The Changing Realities of Work and Family. Blackwell/Claremont Applied Social Psychology Series

  • ID: 2249672
  • Book
  • August 2008
  • Region: Global
  • 320 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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While both the nature of families and the composition of the workforce have gone through radical changes, few adjustments have been made so that work and family are aligned in ways that promote strong families and a strong economy.
Changing Realities of Work and Family takes a multidisciplinary look at the topic of work and family, ultimately addressing four primary questions: How do families and employers accommodate the demands of employment and children?; How does society deal with diversity and discrimination in areas such as age, community, and sexual orientation?; How does working and caring for families affect health?; and What is the effect of work–family integration in politics, business, and the legal system? These questions are addressed from a variety of perspectives and a diverse assortment of contributors, including a former Governor who gave birth to twins while in office; a distinguished legal professor and leading authority on workplace discrimination against mothers and pregnant women; a researcher whose work on parental stress includes videotaped interactions between parents and children as parents return home from work; and a consultant to corporations developing workplace flexibility with a particular focus on low–wage workers.

Comprised of original empirical articles written expressly for this work and real world examples and strategies for balancing the two, this book presents the most current research on the field of work and family.

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List of Tables.

List of Figures.

Introduction (Amy Marcus–Newhall, Scripps College).

Part I: Employment and Children: How Do Families and Employers Accommodate the Demands?

Introduction (Sherylle J. Tan, Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, Claremont McKenna College).

1 The Myths and Realities of Maternal Employment (Sherylle J. Tan, Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children Claremont McKenna College).

2 The Upside of Maternal and Dual–Earner Employment: A Focus on Positive Family Adaptations, Home  Environments, and Child Development in the Fullerton Longitudinal Study (Adele Eskeles Gottfried and Allen W. Gottfried, California State University, Northridge and California State University, Fullerton).

3 Work Family Policies and the Avoidance of Bias Against Caregiving (Robert Drago, Carol Colbeck, Carol Hollenshead and Beth Sullivan, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Michigan, and University of Michigan).

Part II: Culture, Age, and Sexual Orientation: How Does Society Deal with Diversity?

Introduction (Amy Marcus–Newhall, Scripps College).

4 Community: The Critical Missing Link in Work Family Research (Rosalind Chait Barnett and Karen G. Gareis, Brandeis University).

5 Mothers Work–Life Experiences: The Role of Cultural Factors (Amy Marcus–Newhall, Bettina J. Casad, Judith LeMaster, Jennifer Peraza, and Nicole Silverman, Scripps College, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and Scripps College).

6 Age, Work, and Family: Balancing Unique Challenges for the Twenty–First Century (Jeanette N. Cleveland, Pennsylvania State University).

7 Bringing All Families to Work Today: Equality for Gay and Lesbian Workers and Families (M. V. Lee Badgett, UCLA and University of Massachusetts Amherst).

Part III: Work, Stress, and Health Linkages: How Does Working and Caring for Families Affect Health?

Introduction (Diane F. Halpern, Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, Claremont McKenna College).

8 California Paid Family Leave: Is It Working for Caregivers? (Diane F. Halpern, Sherylle J. Tan, and Melissa Carsten, Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University).

9 Taking the Temperature of Family Life: Preliminary Results from an Observational Study (Darby E. Saxbe and Rena L. Repetti, University of California at Los Angeles).

10 Work, Family, and Health: Work Family Balance as a Protective Factor Against Stresses of Daily Life (Joseph G. Grzywacz, Adam B. Butler, and David, M. Almeida, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, University of Northern Iowa, and Pennsylvania State University).

Part IV: Politics, Business, and the Legal System: What is the Effect of Work Family Integration?

Introduction (Diane F. Halpern, Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, Claremont McKenna College).

11 Politics, Motherhood, and Madame President (Jane Swift, Former Governor of Massachusetts).

12 Business Impact of Flexibility: An Imperative for Working Families (Donna Klein (President, Corporate Voices for Working Families).

13 Setting the Stage: Do Women Want it All? (V. Sue Molina, Retired Partner, Deloitte & Touche).

14 What Psychologists Need to Know About Family Responsibilities Discrimination (Joan C. Williams, University of California, Hastings College of the Law).

15 Issues and Trends in Work Family Integration (Bettina J. Casad, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona).


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Amy Marcus–Newhall
Diane F. Halpern
Sherylle J. Tan
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