Work-family balance among single parent households

Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Sociology

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, 20 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Katherine Trent

Committee Members

Katherine Trent, Russ Ward, Karyn Loscocco


National Survey of Parents, Single fathers, Single parents, Work-family balance, Work-life balance, Work and family, Single-parent families

Subject Categories

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Sociology


Past scholarship has explored differences in work-family balance by gender, parenthood, and marital status, but has been insufficient in discussing single parents, particularly single fathers. There is tremendous variation among single parents, who now make up approximately 30% of all American households. Analyzing data from the National Survey of Parents, 1999-2001, this paper examines single mothers' and single fathers' perceptions of work-family balance. Additionally, single parent households are compared to households with more than one residing adult. Findings from logistic regression analysis show that perceptions of success balancing work and family domains do not differ by household structure.

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