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It is a common belief that only women struggle to balance work and family responsibilities.However, a new research shows that men also report similar levels of “work-family conflicts.”
According to lead researcher Kristen Shockley, also an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Georgia, the media usually portray women doing such.Because of that, they are more likely to anticipate problems, and they “feel that is OK to talk about these issues”.
On the other hand, men silently suffer the challenges of juggling a career and family life either because of the perception of themselves as the “bread winner,” or because telling their plight could undermine their careers.
However, the study is only limited to those who are currently employed, missing those who'd been forced to leave their jobs because juggling work and family was too difficult; thus concluding that "the women in these studies were those who'd been able to find some kind of balance between work and family”.
The study also does not reveal how men and women were affected by their work-family conflicts.For example, do women typically feel more guilt when work interferes with family time?Or will they go back immediately to work after giving birth?
On the other hand, evidence suggests that “there are many men who report work-family conflicts.And it's a good thing that this is being recognized."
The findings were published online July 27 in the Journal of Applied Psychology.