'We both need to work' : maternal employment, childcare and health care in Britain and the USA
Lyonette, Clare, Kaufman, Gayle and Crompton, Rosemary. (2011) 'We both need to work' : maternal employment, childcare and health care in Britain and the USA. Work, Employment & Society, Vol.25 (No.1). pp. 34-50. ISSN 0950-0170Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017010389243
Both Britain and the USA are described as market-oriented or ‘liberal’ welfare regimes. However, there are important variations within these two countries: although both have high rates of maternal employment, part-time work is much more common in the UK than in the USA, where dual-earner (full-time) couples are the norm. Part-time employment can help to ease work-family conflict for women, while simultaneously contributing to the household income. However, part-time work is limited in its economic benefits, is also career limiting, and, in the USA, it generally comes without health insurance. While most of the current research regarding maternal employment decisions focuses on women, this research involves interviews with 83 British and American fathers, to better understand the complexity of such decision-making. Men’s attitudes and experiences are examined in detail, focusing on the need for two incomes, the importance of paid health care and childcare costs and the potential role of part-time work.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Employment Research|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Dual-career families -- Great Britain, Dual-career families -- United States, Working mothers, Part-time employment, Child care -- Costs, Health insurance -- Finance, Great Britain -- Social policy, United States -- Social policy|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Work, Employment & Society|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Official Date:||March 2011|
|Page Range:||pp. 34-50|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC), American Sociological Association (ASA), Davidson College, University of Cambridge. Centre for Research on Arts, Humanities, and the Social Sciences (CRAHSS)|
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