The Work and Family Handbook is a comprehensive edited volume, which reviews a wide range of disciplinary perspectives across the social sciences on the study of work-family relationships, theory, and methods. The changing demographics of the labor force has resulted in an expanded awareness and understanding of the intricate relations between work and family dimensions in people's lives. For the first time, the efforts of scholars working in multiple disciplines are organized together to provide a comprehensive overview of the perspectives and methods that have been applied to the study of work and family. In this book, the leading work-family scholars in the fields of social work, psychology, sociology, organizational behavior, human resource management, business, and other disciplines provide chapters that are both accessible and compelling. This book demonstrates how cross-disciplinary comparisons of perspective and method reveal new insights on the needs of working families, the challenges faced by those who study them, and how to formulate policy on their behalf.

chapter 10|14 pages

Role Theory Perspectives on Work and Family

chapter 15|18 pages

A Legal Perspective on Family lssues at Work

chapter 17|20 pages

Ethnography and Working Families

chapter 20|16 pages

Using Focus Groups to Study Work and Family

chapter 23|14 pages

Case Studies in Work-Family Research

chapter 33|20 pages

The Arbitration of Work and Family Conflicts