Handbook of Work–Life Integration Among Professionals
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Handbook of Work–Life Integration Among Professionals

Challenges and Opportunities

Edited by Debra A. Major and Ronald J. Burke

How work and family lives can be effectively managed has been a hot topic of public debate in recent years. This Handbook integrates current thinking and research evidence regarding how professionals navigate multiple life roles to achieve satisfaction and fulfillment.
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Chapter 1: Work and family life: revitalizing research and practice

Debra A. Major, Ronald Burke and Lisa M. Fiksenbaum


Women and men have participated in work and family roles and responsibilities for thousands of years. Serious academic interest in the work and family interface is less than 50 years old (Kahn et al., 1964). Organizational interest in addressing work and family issues of employees is only 30 years old (Kossek et al., 2011a). During the past 30 years we have increased our understanding of antecedents and consequences of work–family concerns, with more organizations undertaking initiatives to support the work–family integration of their employees and lessening their conflict. But some contend that progress in both understanding and preventing work–family distress seems to have slowed during the past decade (e.g., Grzywacs and Demerouti, 2013; Kossek et al., 2011a).

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