Communication, Planning, and Self Care: Examining the Gendered Aspect of Coping with Work Family Conflict Among Parents and Childfree Individuals

Ranya Krayem, Krista Brumley, and Shirin Montazer, Department of Sociology, Wayne State University, 656 W Kirby, Detroit MI, 48202 Katheryn Magruire, Department of Communication, Wayne State University, 906 W Warren Ave, Detroit MI, 48202 Boris Baltes, Department of Psychology, Wayne State University, 5075 Woodward Ave, 7th Floor, Detroit MI, 48202

Work family conflict (WFC) is an inter-role conflict in which the role pressures from work and family domains are mutually incompatible. The demands and stressors of one’s work life interfere with that of their home life, potentially resulting in less time with family, lack of energy, and feelings of not doing a good enough job at home. When this stress arises, a strain is created within a household. Both the employee and their family must find ways to cope with the WFC. In this study, the goal is to analyze the use of different types of coping mechanisms and explore how gender may shape them. In depth interviews were conducted (n=44), transcribed, and coded using NVivo. Reports were created based off the codes and later analyzed for trends in relation to gender, parenthood status, and different types of coping mechanisms. Findings show that women are more proactive when it comes to preventative coping. Those without children tended to use emotion focused preventative care over problem focused prevention. Parents use social support, especially received care, more than couples with no children to cope with episodic stressors. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Ranya Krayem

Institution: Wayne State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Sociology

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 11
Date/Time: Wed 3:00pm-4:00pm
Session Number: 7136