The first theory to examine the experiences of Work-Family Conflict was developed in 1983, approximately two decades after women entered the work force in vast numbers. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to describe the religious coping strategies used by working women with school-aged children who identified with a Conservative Protestant denomination when transitioning from between their work and home environments. Twelve working mothers shared their experiences through individual, semi-structured interviews and two focus groups. A thematic analysis approach involving open coding, creation of categories and theme development was used to analyze the data. Two research questions guided the study: How do Conservative Protestant women with school-aged children describe their experiences of work-family conflict when transitioning between the work and home environments? How do Conservative Protestant women with school-aged children describe the coping strategies they use to reduce or resolve work-family conflict? Six themes emerged from the data collected to answer the research questions. Results indicated that Conservative Protestant women described coping strategies that were both religious and non-religious that were extremely beneficial in helping them manage the stressors related to meeting the demands of being both a mother and an employee.
|Commitee:||Musial, Diann, Groth, Maureen|
|School:||Grand Canyon University|
|Department:||College of Doctoral Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Womens studies, Religion|
|Keywords:||Conservative Protestants, religious coping strategies, Work-family conflict, Work-life balance, Working mom|
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