Work-family Balance: A Case Analysis of Coping Strategies Adopted by Nigerian and British Working Mothers.

Adisa, T., Gbadamosi, G. and Osabutey, E., 2016. Work-family Balance: A Case Analysis of Coping Strategies Adopted by Nigerian and British Working Mothers. Gender in Management: An International Journal, 31 (7), pp. 414-433.

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DOI: 10.1108/GM-01-2016-0010

Abstract

Purpose – Given the reality that working mothers experience difficulties in achieving work-family balance as a result of the social restrictions that arise from parenting combined with career goals, this article explores the various coping strategies that are employed by working mothers in the cities of London (Great Britain) and Lagos (Nigeria). Methodology – Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 72 mothers who worked in banks in London (Great Britain) and Lagos (Nigeria). Thematic analysis and investigator triangulation are used. Findings – The findings reveal various coping strategies that are used by working mothers in the cities of Lagos and London. The article also unearths the efficiency and the shortcomings of the use of au pairs among British working mothers and the similarities and disparities of such use compared to the traditional use of housekeepers in Nigeria. Originality/value – This article contributes to existing work-family balance literature by exploring coping strategies of working mothers as a result of socio-cultural and institutional differences in Great Britain and Nigeria.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1754-2413
Uncontrolled Keywords:Work-family balance; working mothers; coping strategies; Nigerian; British
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:23768
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:01 Jun 2016 09:20
Last Modified:27 Sep 2016 12:28

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