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Sharing it all

The Rewards and Struggles of Two-Career Families

  • Authors
  • Lucia A. Gilbert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-18
  2. A Personal Journey

    1. Lucia A. Gilbert
      Pages 19-29
  3. The Setting: Women and Men

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Lucia A. Gilbert
      Pages 33-58
    3. Lucia A. Gilbert
      Pages 59-81
  4. Living as a Two-Career Family

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Lucia A. Gilbert
      Pages 85-107
    3. Lucia A. Gilbert
      Pages 109-144
    4. Lucia A. Gilbert
      Pages 145-166
  5. How to More Than Manage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Lucia A. Gilbert
      Pages 169-191
    3. Lucia A. Gilbert
      Pages 193-215
    4. Lucia A. Gilbert
      Pages 217-225
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 227-249

About this book

Introduction

I realize more and more that to some degree psychol­ ogists study their own lives. My first studies in the mid-1970s looked at the conflicts that emerge in dual­ career couples as the partners combine their various roles. Ideas for the early studies initially came from con­ versations with clients, friends, and people I met trav­ eling. Soon after the topic of dual careers came up, dis­ cussions of guilt and frustration followed. The partici­ pants in my first studies turned out to be predominantly women. Men expressed little interest in participating. A common response was, "Talk to my wife. " 7 8 PREFACE Ostensibly, husbands saw their partners, but not themselves, as dealing with conflicting roles. Although I presumed this to be somewhat true, I knew from ob­ serving my own husband that my having a career had an immeasurable impact on him. Were men denying something? Were women overly sensitive? Discussions with my husband, which helped me to get a better grasp on what male partners might be feeling, planted the seed for my subsequent book on men in dual-career 1 families, published in 1985. In gathering material for that book, I was struck by the contrast with men's ear­ lier disinterest. Husbands appeared eager to talk about their lives. Their greatest concern-what happens to the children?-became the focus of my last set of studies. Why this book? "Sharing it all" symbolizes the es­ sence of a two-career marriage.

Keywords

REFA children conflict conflicts marriage women

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-2792-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-42961-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-2792-7
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