Date of Award

Spring 2010

Project Type


Program or Major

Family Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Malcolm L Smith


Using a mixed methods research approach, the current study used data gathered from the Survey of New Hampshire Working Families to assess participants' perceptions of work and family balance. As part of the survey, parents were asked to report the one thing, the glue, that holds work and family life together. Participant responses were analyzed qualitatively using content analysis. As a result, seven glue themes emerged: 1) partner support, 2) work flexibility, 3) support of family, 4) personal strengths, 5) children, 6) income, and 7) religion. Additional research questions were created with the hope of revealing demographic trends among specific glue themes. Implications derived from the findings greatly benefit the work-family field, as they provide employers, policy makers, and researchers, with a better understanding of what working New Hampshire parents need to achieve work and family balance.