Usos del tiempo y conflicto familiar

  1. Esperanza María Ceballos Vacas
  2. Juan Antonio Rodríguez Hernández
International Journal of Developmental and Educational Psychology: INFAD. Revista de Psicología

ISSN: 0214-9877

Year of publication: 2014

Volume: 6

Issue: 1

Pages: 77-84

Type: Article

DOI: 10.17060/ijodaep.2014.n1.v6.718 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor


 The use of time in the daily lives of families stand out as one of the most common family conflicts, especially in dual-earner couples with children. In general, the conflict is triggered by female dissatisfaction arising from a traditional division of time according to gender. Despite women are definitely a labor force, mothers are still carrying on with a greater load of family-work, coping more than fathers with the heavier and more monotonous domestic tasks, and with the caring of the dependent members. In addition, mothers are enjoying of less time for leisure which has got a worse quality (because it’s often disjointed and “contaminated”), and it’s more likely to be sacrificed in favor of family well-being. Therefore working mothers are prompted to suffer more stress and dissatisfaction, often engaging in conflicts with their partners. Nevertheless couples experience difficulties to reach agreements in order to improve a family balance in the uses of time. Furthermore this family unbalance develops negative consequences for family life involving a risk for the stability of the couple and family projects.

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