Women’s and Men’s Investment in Work in the Later Stages of the Family Life Cycle

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Dr. Patricia Roehling, Hope College

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While much is known about the effects of the early stages of parenthood on women’s and men’s work life, little is known about men’s and women’s orientation to work during the later stages of family life. Using data from the 2008 National Study of the Changing Workforce, we examine men’s and women’s investment in the workforce during the later family life stages, focusing on work hours, preferred work hours, and engagement with work, using gender role as a moderator. While workforce attachment was relatively unaffected by family life stage among men, women had increasing workforce investment during the later life stages, peaking in the empty nest stage.

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