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The Handbook of Work-Family Integration. Research, Theory and Best Practices

By: Karen Korabik, Donna Lero, Denise Whitehead

In today's industrialized societies, the majority of parents work fulltime while caring for and raising their children and managing household upkeep, trying to keep a precarious balance of fulfillIng multiple roles as parent, worker, friend, & child. Increasingly demands of the workplace such as early or late hours, travel, commute, relocation, etc. conflict with the needs of being a parent.

At the same time, it is through work that people increasingly define their identity and self- worth, and which provides the opportunity for personal growth, interaction with friends and colleagues, and which provides the income and benefits on which the family subsists. The interface between work and family is an area of increasing research, in terms of understanding stress, job burn out, self- esteem, gender roles, parenting behaviors, and how each facet affects the others. The research in this area has been widely scattered in journals in psychology, family studies, business, sociology, health, and economics, and presented in diverseconferences (e.g., APA, SIOP, Academy of Management). It is difficult for experts in the field to keep up with everything they need to know, with the information dispersed. The Handbook of Work-Family Integration, published in 2008, fills this gap by synthesizing theory, research, policy, and workplace practice/organizational policy issues in one place. The book will be useful as a reference for researchers in the area, as a guide to practitioners and policy makers, and as a resource for teaching inboth undergraduate and graduate courses.

Published by Academic Press. Available in both print and e-book versions. For purchasing information visit the Elsevier online store.