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Work–Life Balance Measures of Working Carers and Well-Being Satisfaction within Couple Relationships: The Result of an Italian Policy Looking through the Gender Lens

Department of Political and Social Science, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, 40125 Bologna, Italy
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(4), 109; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8040109
Received: 31 December 2018 / Revised: 27 March 2019 / Accepted: 29 March 2019 / Published: 3 April 2019
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Abstract

Working carers deserve to receive more and more attention from welfare regimes and workplaces. Using the work–family interface approach, we analyzed the effects of the Family Audit workplace measures—an Italian work–life balance policy—on couple well-being. The research was carried out through a Computer-Assisted Web Interviewing survey which was addressed to the employees of the organizations that participated in the policy program in 2015. The results showed that the measures implemented by the companies were able to improve the perception of couple well-being of working carers, but they did not trigger a cultural change that would permit the elimination of differences due to gender in work–family balance. The most effective measures were characterized by high levels of flexibility. These features allow the reduction of the negative effects produced by some socio-biographic variables, some work-related aspects, and aspects related to the Mediterranean welfare regime. View Full-Text
Keywords: work–life balance policy; family well-being; gender (in)equalities work–life balance policy; family well-being; gender (in)equalities
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Macchioni, E.; Prandini, R. Work–Life Balance Measures of Working Carers and Well-Being Satisfaction within Couple Relationships: The Result of an Italian Policy Looking through the Gender Lens. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 109.

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