The Family Communication Sourcebook provides an in-depth examination of contemporary theory and research in the area of family communication. This unique collection offers a state-of-the art approach by pairing conceptual pieces with original studies in the same general topic area. Editors Lynn H. Turner and Richard West present readers with a thoughtful and thorough exploration of the critical issues facing family communication researchers today.

Employees “Without” Families: Discourses of Family as an External Constraint to Work-Life Balance

Employees “Without” Families: Discourses of Family as an External Constraint to Work-Life Balance

Employees “without” families: Discourses of family as an external constraint to work-life balance
KristenLucasUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Patrice M.BuzzanellPurdue University

For most people, work is an essential ingredient of daily life (Ciulla, 2000). In the United States, the proportion of people engaged in paid employment and the amount of time they invest in work have been on the rise for decades. According to Mishel, Bernstein, and Boushey (2003), economists from the U.S. Economic Policy Institute and authors of The State of Working America (a biennial compilation of statistics and analyses regarding the U.S. labor market), the employment rate for those older than age 16 years increased by 10% between 1973 and 2001. Notably, working women contributed ...

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