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Perspectives on the study of work-life balance

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255 - 279
Number of pages25
JournalSOCIAL SCIENCE INFORMATION
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
PublishedJun 2002

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Abstract

This article re-views aspects of contemporary theory and research on worklife balance. It starts by exploring why work-life balance has become an important topic for research and policy in some countries and after outlining traditional perspectives examines the concept of balance and its implications for the study of the relation between work and the rest of life, A model outlining the causes, nature and consequences of a more or less acceptable work-life balance is presented and recent research is cited to illustrate the various dimensions, Finally, the topic is linked to the field of work and organizational psychology and a number of theoretical and conceptual issues of relevance to research in Europe are raised.

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