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Family Matters No. 75 - September 2006

Mothers' accounts of work and family decision-making in couple families

An analysis of the Family and Work Decisions Study
Kelly Hand

Abstract

This paper uses in-depth interview data from the Australian Institute of Family Studies' Family and Work Decisions Study to explore the way partnered mothers talk about how decisions concerning parenting and paid work were made in their families. In addition, mothers' perceptions about the extent to which their partners contributed to these decisions and how their beliefs about the role of fathers in the lives of children and families influenced their decision about these arrangements are explored.

This paper uses in-depth interview data from the Australian Institute of Family Studies' Family and Work Decisions Study to explore the way partnered mothers talk about how decisions concerning parenting and paid work were made in their families. In addition, mothers' perceptions about the extent to which their partners contributed to these decisions and how their beliefs about the role of fathers in the lives of children and families influenced their decision about these arrangements are explored.

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