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The work family balance of home-office model: marital, professional and life's satisfaction of biparental families

Grant number: 19/09173-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2019
Effective date (End): October 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Psychology - Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Principal researcher:Sabrina Mazo D Affonseca
Grantee:Nathalia dos Santos Batista de Almeida
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil

Abstract

Contemporary scientific, technological and cultural changes directly affect the family and the work of men and women, as well as the balance between these two areas. Within these changes are, for example, new forms of work, such as home-office (work from home), which emerged in the 1970s. Using the work-family balance model of Barham and Vanalli (2012) the present quantitative-qualitative research aims to compare the satisfaction with work, parenting and life of men and women who are in paid jobs in the home-office configuration with those who constitute biparental families and work in centralized work, as well as analyze levels of satisfaction in the two forms of work between genders. Biparental families were chosen because they were the most common family arrangement in Brazil (PNAD, 2015). The instruments used are the Brazil Criterion, the Life Quality Scale, the Self-Esteem Scale, the Work Satisfaction Scale, the Conjugal Satisfaction Scale (Barham and Vanalli, 2012) and open-ended questions about home-office. Data will be collected online via Google Forms. Men are expected to have higher satisfaction levels than women because of the social expectations of better women's performance in both domains, in the centralized work and in the home-office. But women in the Home-office condition are more satisfied than those who work in centralized places because of the greater flexibility between the two areas provided by the first.

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