9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN13 Sociology of Families and Intimate Lives

2009-09-05 15:30:00 2009-09-05 17:00:00 Saturday, 5 September 15:30 - 17:00 Work and Families II Building II, Auditório B1.03

Lone father families. The relation between work and family

This presentation is about lone father families and how they reconcile childcare with working demands. This is a preliminary work, developed in a PhD thesis context, which tries to draw a first picture of several reconciliation profiles. The analysis of in-depth interviews points out five different types of relation between work and family: "Self-managed", where the father adjusts different timetables; "Bi-parental", where both parents have child custody and try to manage the daily needs; "Multiple delegation", being the main characteristic the adjustment between different carers (informal or formal, paid or unpaid); "Charing with grandmother" the father seeks for his mother support on a daily basis; and finally "Difficult caring" where the strong difficulty to manage work and care leads to an absent caring situations.