Presents a conceptual map of the different patterns of relationships between work and private lives and addresses the serious dilemmas and tensions facing women in coping with the public work-private personal interface. Using results from interviews with 36 women (aged 27 yrs) about their past and present work and family experiences, an adaptation of a typology by P. Evans & F. Bartolome (1984) is used to explain the different role constraints faced by women. The typology is incorporated within the J. D. Krumboltz (1984) decision-making theory to illuminate the problematic nature of the work-family relationship. A life history analysis of a single woman is presented as illustrative. Role quantity in itself, it is concluded, is not a cause of stress and conflict. The ability of women and their families to work together to resolve role conflict is crucial, particularly the willingness of husbands to contribute to wives' career success.
Australian Journal of Marriage and Family,
Vol. 13, no. 1 (1992), p. 2-18