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Title: Work-family conflict and partners’ agreement on fertility preferences among dual-earner couples: Does women’s employment status matter?
Authors: Latshaw, Beth A.
Yucel, Deniz
Keywords: work-to-family conflict;family-to-work conflict;dual-earners;dyadic data analysis
Issue Date: 31-Jan-2022
Publisher: Journal of Family Research
Citation: Latshaw, B. A., & Yucel, D. (2022). Work-family conflict and partners' agreement on fertility preferences among dual-earner couples: Does women's employment status matter?. Journal of Family Research, 34(4), 1151-1174.
Abstract: Objective: This study tests the effects of work-family conflict, in both directions, on partners’ agreement on fertility preferences among dual-earner couples, as well as whether this relationship varies by women’s employment status. Background: Few studies have examined the relationship between work-family conflict and fertility preferences. Given the high percentages of women working part-time in Germany, it is important to investigate the role working women’s employment status plays to further understand this relationship. Method: Using data from 716 dual-earner couples in Wave 10 of the German Family Panel (pairfam), we use dyadic data analysis to test whether work-family conflict impacts one’s own (“actor effects”) and/or one’s partner’s (“partner effects”) reports of agreement on fertility preferences. We also run multi-group analyses to compare whether these effects vary in “full-time dual-earner” versus “modernized male breadwinner” couples. Results: There are significant actor effects for family-to-work conflict in both types of couples, and for work-to-family conflict in modernized male breadwinner couples only. Partner effects for family-to-work conflict exist only among modernized male breadwinner couples. While there are no gender differences in actor or partner effects, results suggest differences in the partner effect (for family-to-work conflict only) between these two couple types. Conclusion: These findings indicate that work-family conflict is associated with greater partner disagreement on fertility preferences and highlight the differential impact incompatible
ISSN: 2699-2337
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