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Nonstandard Work Schedules and Private Safety Nets among Working Mothers

Citation

Su, Jessica Houston & Dunifon, Rachel (2017). Nonstandard Work Schedules and Private Safety Nets among Working Mothers. Journal of Marriage and Family, 79(3), 597-613.

Abstract

Although the implications of nonstandard work schedules (work outside of the typical 9 ? 5, Monday ? Friday schedule) for individuals and families are increasingly well understood, it is unclear how such schedules are associated with perceived social support for working mothers. Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study and a variety of methodological approaches, we found mixed evidence for this relationship. Results from ordinary least squares and propensity-weighted models suggest that working a nonstandard schedule is associated with weaker perceived support, particularly among those who are Black and less educated, and those who exclusively work such a schedule. Conversely, results from fixed-effects models suggest that changing from a standard to a nonstandard schedule is associated with modest increases in perceived social support. These results add nuance to our understanding of the implications of nonstandard work schedules for families.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12358

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2017

Journal Title

Journal of Marriage and Family

Author(s)

Su, Jessica Houston
Dunifon, Rachel