Magazine article Work & Family Life

Men as Well as Women Feel Work-Family Conflicts

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Men as Well as Women Feel Work-Family Conflicts

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Q Sometimes it feels like women are seen as the only ones who experience work-family conflicts. Speaking for myself and the men I work with, we are every bit as concerned about finding the time and having enough energy for our job and home responsibilities.

-N.D., Chicago

A Yes, and new research published online in the Journal of Applied Psychology supports your position. It's based on a review of 350 studies conducted over three decades with 250,000 participants from around the world.

"The results were surprising," says Kristen Shockley, PhD, of the University of Georgia, the lead researcher. "We found very little evidence of differences between women and men in the level of work-family conflict they report."

This does run contrary to a common public perception that balancing work and family life is primarily a women's issue. It may seem that way because women in previous studies have been more comfortable and willing than men to talk about their concerns.

The new study suggests that when surveys are confidential, men are much more willing to discuss their work-family conflicts. …

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