Date of Award
Program or Major
Master of Science
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.
Harris, Sabrina C., "What is the glue that holds work and family life together? Perceptions of work and family balance among working New Hampshire parents" (2010). Master's Theses and Capstones. 548.