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Free Content Working it out: strategies to reconcile work and family among Swedish lone mothers

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Drawing on 39 interviews with Swedish lone mothers, this article aims to explore the central coping strategies used by the mothers in reconciling work and family. The article also studies how working conditions and access to economic and social capital influence the coping strategies used. The findings indicate a variety of coping strategies. These were clearly influenced by position in the labour market and access to social and economic capital. While for instance working-class mothers tried to changed jobs to cope with temporary employments, middle-class mothers used flexitime to cope with work–family conflict. Access to social capital was crucial for all mothers.

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Keywords: COPING STRATEGIES; ECONOMIC CAPITAL; LONE MOTHERHOOD; SOCIAL CAPITAL; WORK–FAMILY CONFLICT; WORK–FAMILY INTEGRATION

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: November 1, 2017

This article was made available online on September 28, 2015 as a Fast Track article with title: "Working it out: strategies to reconcile work and family among Swedish lone mothers".

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