Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Parental rights and responsibilitiesAnalysing social policy and lived experiences$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Harriet Churchill

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420916

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420916.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM POLICY PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.policypress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Policy Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PPSO for personal use.date: 21 September 2021

Negotiating work and family life

Negotiating work and family life

(p.183) Nine Negotiating work and family life
Parental rights and responsibilities

Harriet Churchill

Policy Press

This chapter reviews research about parental perspectives and experiences of paid work. It highlights discrepancies between parental aspirations and preferences in relation to work-family issues and dominant current policy perspectives which inform welfare to work and family-friendly employment policies. The chapter further finds that, while recent childcare, in-work support, and employability reforms have extended support and opportunities to many parents, the framework of support for parents in relation to employment opportunities and experiences does not fully take account of the ongoing difficulties some parents face in taking up and sustaining training and paid employment, or achieving a satisfactory work-family balance. The coexistence of different ideal models of fatherhood can place pressures on fathers to maintain the main-provider role while additionally being involved in family life and contributing to childcare.

Keywords:   parental perspectives, parental experiences, parental aspirations, work-family issues, family-friendly employment, employment opportunities, paid employment, work-family balance, main-provider role

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.