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The Changing Realities of Work and Family

ISBN: 978-1-4051-6345-3
320 pages
August 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Changing Realities of Work and Family is an interdisciplinary volume that examines the multiple realities of work and family from academic, commercial, and political perspectives. The book
  • Brings together works by an extraordinary list of contributors, including Jane Swift, former governor of Massachusetts; practitioners from industry; the leading attorney in discrimination against mothers and pregnant women; and outstanding academics from psychology, business, economics, and human relations
  • Examines work and family in the political arena, gay and lesbian workers, work and family as it relates to age, single mothers, and the role of culture and community
  • Includes original empirical articles written expressly for this work, in which the most current research on the field of work and family will be presented
  • Provides “real world” examples of the intersection of work and family in such fields as business, government, and the law
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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).

Index.

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Amy Marcus-Newhall is a Social Psychologist and Professor of Psychology at Scripps College.

Diane F. Halpern is a Cognitive Psychologist, Professor of Psychology, and the Director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children at Claremont McKenna College. Diane was 2004 President of the American Psychological Association.

Sherylle J. Tan is a Developmental Psychologist and the Associate Director of the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children at Claremont McKenna College.

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  • Written by an extraordinary list of contributors, including Jane Swift, former governor of Massachusetts; practitioners from industry; the leading attorney in discrimination against mothers and pregnant women; and outstanding academics from psychology, business, economics, and human relations
  • Examines work and family in the political arena, gay and lesbian workers, work and family as it relates to age, single mothers, and the role of culture and community
  • Includes original empirical articles written expressly for this work, in which the most current research on the field of work and family will be presented
  • Several articles provide “real world” examples of the intersection of work and family in such fields as business, government, and the law
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"This is a valuable addition to any HR specialist’s library." (People Management, November 2008)

"Amy Marcus-Newhall, Diane Halpern, and Sherylle Tan have compiled the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary volume on work and family. The Changing Realities of Work and Family brings togetherthe best researchers in this field and some extraordinary practitioners to cover an impressive array of topics from several vantage points. The editors skillfully combine contributions that point to the common experiences adults workers face in combining employment with caring for families but also carefully remind us of important differences among workers and families that are often overlooked in this field. The book will be an asset to work/family researchers and professionals as well as an excellent primer for the classroom."
Randy Albelda, University of Massachusetts Boston

"In the context of a rapidly changing U.S. work force, this up-to-date volume provides keen insights into how families, communities, and workplaces can reap substantial benefits from greater investments in supportive work-family policies. This multidisciplinary array of studies examines the experiences of a diverse array of families, and notes the powerful effects of work-family interventions on health outcomes, family life, and workplace productivity and equality."
Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts Amherst

"A multi-disciplinary, multi-level, research-based summary of what we know about integrating work and family in today’s complicated world. An important new resource for all researchers concerned with the work-family domain."
Lotte Bailyn, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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