A1 Journal article (refereed)
Mothers’ return-to-work reasons and work–family conflict : does a partner involved in childcare make a difference? (2021)

Moilanen, S., Räikkönen, E., & Alasuutari, M. (2021). Mothers’ return-to-work reasons and work–family conflict : does a partner involved in childcare make a difference?. Community, Work and Family, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1080/13668803.2021.2009441

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All authors or editors: Moilanen, Sanna; Räikkönen, Eija; Alasuutari, Maarit

Journal or series: Community, Work and Family

ISSN: 1366-8803

eISSN: 1469-3615

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 09/12/2021

Volume: Early online

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13668803.2021.2009441

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/85096


Facilitating mothers’ work–family reconciliation upon their return to work can be considered a viable means of enhancing women’s overall employment participation. This study examined return-to-work reasons among mothers with a one-year-old child, how these reasons are related to mothers’ background characteristics, work-to-family conflict (WFC) and family-to-work conflict (FWC) and whether having a partner home caring for the child protects against such conflicts. Results based on survey data collected from Finnish working mothers (N = 573) in 2016 showed four dimensions of return-to-work reasons: personal importance of work, work- and career-related worries, dissatisfaction with stay-at-home mothering and convenient work/childcare conditions. Higher personal importance of work was associated with lower levels of WFC and FWC, whereas higher work- and career-related worries were related to higher WFC and FWC. Higher dissatisfaction with stay-at-home mothering was associated with higher WFC and higher convenient work/childcare conditions with lower WFC. Having a partner on care-related leave did not protect against the conflict.

Keywords: mothers; families; working life; return to work; child care

Free keywords: employed mothers; family and work; Finland; return to work‌; work-life balance

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