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Combining paid work and family carePolicies and experiences in international perspective$
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Teppo Kroger and Sue Yeandle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447306818

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447306818.001.0001

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Reconciling partner-care and paid work in Finland and Sweden: challenges and coping strategies

Reconciling partner-care and paid work in Finland and Sweden: challenges and coping strategies

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(p.162) (p.163) Nine Reconciling partner-care and paid work in Finland and Sweden: challenges and coping strategies
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Combining paid work and family care
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Anu Leinonen

Ann-Britt Sand

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447306818.003.0009

This chapter discusses what types of challenges Finnish and Swedish working partner-carers have in their everyday lives, and what their coping strategies are for dealing with these. The analysis hints at themes which are strong in the Nordic countries and which, historically, have differentiated Finland and Sweden from other welfare regimes: (1) that participation in paid work is prioritised over full-time care by both sexes; (2) that where the partner-carer is the primary carer, she/he expects to have assistance with personal care and long-term help from formal care providers rather than from children or other unpaid helpers (even though children are expected to visit and to help occasionally or in a crisis); and (3) that time for oneself and for personal interests and activities is valued as an individual right, that is, it is considered important that the boundary between time devoted to care and time devoted to one’s own interests should be protected.

Keywords:   Partner-carers, Spousal care, Work-life balance, Coping strategies, Nordic context, Finland, Sweden

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