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Work and family: The perception of balance among female teachers in Northern Malaysia

Aziz, Azelin and Chang, Artemis (2013) Work and family: The perception of balance among female teachers in Northern Malaysia. International Journal of Management Studies (IJMS), 20 (2). pp. 1-14. ISSN 2180-2467

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Women’s participation in paid employment has become a common scenario even in non-western developing countries.For example in Malaysia, the trend is growing although the traditional gender role remains strong in Malaysian society.Even though working, women are still expected to assume major responsibilities at home.Thus, as opposed to men, women in this society face the challenge to satisfactorily balance work and family.This study was carried out to explore how Malaysian women perceive the meaning of a balanced work-family life.Sampling women teachers, the interview findings revealed that work-family balance was mainly perceived in terms of an individual’s ‘ability to fulfill role obligation’ appropriately in both the work and family domains. A few participants also viewed balance in the context of role satisfaction and role interference.Overall, the results support the assumption in the literature that perceptions of work-family experience are not universal, rather, the construct of work-family balance is culture-specific.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Work-family interface, cross-culture, role demands.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: School of Business Management
Depositing User: Dr. Azelin Aziz
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2014 01:39
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2016 02:19
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/12457

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