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Current Women`s Health Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-4048
ISSN (Online): 1875-6581

Research Article

Why Iranian Women Experience Work-Family Conflict?

Author(s): Ziba Taghizadeh, Abbas Ebadi, Sedigheh Keshavarz, Abolghasem Pourreza, Anoshirvan Kazemnejad and Razieh Bagherzadeh*

Volume 17, Issue 2, 2021

Published on: 18 September, 2020

Page: [136 - 149] Pages: 14

DOI: 10.2174/1573404816999200918114602

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Background: Despite the global importance of work-family issues and the many calls for studies within distinct cultural contexts; work-family research has mainly been conducted in Anglo societies, and Western countries.

Objective: The present study was designed to explore the factors which determine the work-family conflict through personal information, including, but not limited to the lived experiences and perspectives of Iranian women who are both employed and married.

Methods: A qualitative approach was chosen, which would allow for an in-depth and rich exploration of the experiences, perceptions, and feelings of participants. Data were obtained from 29 participants , in-depth individual interviews with 17 participants and two focus groups. Each focus group discussion included 6 participants.

Results: Six main categories emerged from the data analysis: the value of work and family, hegemonic masculinity, non-supportive environment, job stress, overloading family, and inadequacy of individual ability and skills.

Conclusion: Based on the data obtained from participants, sociocultural factors play an important role in the creation of work-family conflict.

Keywords: Work-family, conflict, women, qualitative study, Iran, Iranian women.

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