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Children's Experiences of Time When a Parent Travels for Work

Zvonkovic, Anisa M.; Swenson, Andrea V.; Cornwell, Zoë

Journal of marriage and family. Volume 79:Issue 4 (2017); pp 983-1000 -- [John Wiley & Sons Ltd]

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  • Title:
    Children's Experiences of Time When a Parent Travels for Work
  • Author: Zvonkovic, Anisa M.;
    Swenson, Andrea V.;
    Cornwell, Zoë
  • Found In: Journal of marriage and family. Volume 79:Issue 4 (2017); pp 983-1000
  • Journal Title: Journal of marriage and family
  • Subjects: Family--Periodicals; Marriage--Periodicals; children--families and work--family interaction--feminism--grounded theory; Dewey: 306.805
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: [John Wiley & Sons Ltd]
  • Abstract: Abstract:

    This qualitative study focuses on the different ways time is experienced by children in families who face time challenges because of a family member's job that required work travel. Data are from a family‐level study that includes interviews of all family members older than age 7. Using grounded theory methodology, this study illustrates the ways in which job demands and family processes interact. The analysis centers on 75 children's perspectives from 43 families. Holding together assessments of having enough time while wanting more time with their parents, children express emotion, generally unrecognized by parents, around the topic of family time. Children's experience of time with parents is rushed or calm, depending on the activities done in time and the gender of the parent with whom they spend time. Findings are interpreted through a feminist social constructionist lens.


  • Identifier: System Number: LDEAvdc_100047922015.0x000001; Journal ISSN: 0022-2445; 10.1111/jomf.12386
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store

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