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Working from home, work–family conflict, and the role of gender and gender role attitudes

Yucel, Deniz, Chung, Heejung (2021) Working from home, work–family conflict, and the role of gender and gender role attitudes. Community, Work & Family, . ISSN 1366-8803. E-ISSN 1469-3615. (doi:10.1080/13668803.2021.1993138) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:90974)

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Abstract

Previous studies have shown that societal norms around gender roles can shape gender-based outcomes of working from home. This paper extends these findings to see how individuals’ gender role attitudes can moderate the relationship between working from home and work–family conflict, but again with varying outcomes for men and women. We use data from around 3150 employees who participated in wave 10 (2017–2018) of the German Family Panel Survey (pairfam). Results suggest that compared to employees with fixed work locations, those who work from home report higher levels of family-to-work conflict, but not higher work-to-family conflict. Positive associations between working from home and both types of work–family conflict are found only for women, not for men. Specifically, the positive association between working from home and family-to-work conflict is mainly present among women with traditional gender role attitudes, while the positive association between working from home and work-to-family conflict is mainly present among women with egalitarian gender role attitudes. No such variation, however, was found for men. This study highlights the importance of taking gender and gender role attitudes into account when examining the consequences of working from home.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/13668803.2021.1993138
Uncontrolled keywords: Flexible working, work from home, gender, gender role attitudes, work-to-family conflict, family-to-work conflict
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Heejung Chung
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2021 14:35 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2021 16:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/90974 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Chung, Heejung: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6422-6119
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