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Work–Life Balance. A Challenge for Working Moms: Differences and Similarities Between Germany and the USA

  • Work–life balance is one of the challenges of a globalized world. The study described in this chapter aimed to identify the factors influencing the work–life balance of working mothers. Additionally, we will describe differences and similarities between the well-being and working styles of German and US-American working mothers. It is particularly difficult for mothers to be successful, because to do so, they must master the double burden of work and family. In this study, 320 working mothers were surveyed, 142 in Germany and 178 in the USA. It was found that the cultural concepts of work–life balance of these working mothers are comparable. Furthermore, differences in working styles were identified: US-Americans valued both well-being and work–life balance more strongly than Germans. In both cultures, younger mothers felt more burdened by work than older mothers. This may indicate that competences are learned with an increasing age, enabling a more successful mastery of challenges, even though an increasing age usually has a negative effect on health. The number of children, family status and education did not influence work–life balance. These findings are further discussed in this chapter.

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Author:Petia GenkovaORCiD
Title (English):Work–Life Balance. A Challenge for Working Moms: Differences and Similarities Between Germany and the USA
Parent Title (English):Healthy at Work
Place of publication:Bremen
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2015
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Release Date:2019/01/10
First Page:379
Last Page:391
Faculties:Fakultät WiSo
DDC classes:300 Sozialwissenschaften / 330 Wirtschaft
Review Status:Veröffentlichte Fassung/Verlagsversion