Work, family, and gender: Elements for a theory of work-family balance

Leonor M. Cantera, Ma Eugenia Cubells, Luz Ma Martínez, Josep M. Blanch

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Over last century, work was not only a means of economic survival, but also a very strong factor of psychological structuring and of organization of personal, family, and everyday life. The new world of work provides new challenges to the balance of work and family life. A questionnaire was administered to a sample of 453 people with the aim of analyzing the relation between variables such as family burdens and domestic responsibilities, and the appraisal of work and family, values involved in work-family balance. The results of this study show that, in the present economic and cultural context, assuming family burdens and domestic responsibilities increases the positive appraisal of work and family, both in men and women. This has theoretical and practical implications concerning the challenge of work-family balance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-647
JournalSpanish Journal of Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • Balance
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Work


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