Work, Family, & Society: Work-Family Issues


    Active Projects in this Area




  • Family Policies and Women’s Labor Market Careers

    Ongoing since 2011
    A comparison between the U.S. and Finland

    This research project is divided into two separate sub-projects. The first concentrates on analyzing the effects of family leave policies in the United States. The analysis uses micro data from the U.S. to evaluate the economic issues related to parental leaves. The changes in Federal and State level parental leave mandates in the 1980s and 1990s provide an interesting setting in which the career impacts of parental leaves can be evaluated. The second research stream will perform a similar evaluation using Finnish data. Finland has an extensive family leave policy that was developed over the last 40 years, providing a useful comparison to the United States. The project is funded by the 35th Anniversary Fund of the WCW.




  • Work, Families and Children

    Ongoing since 1986
    Assessing Child Care Issues in Working Families

    workfamilieschildren This long-term program brings together research on employment, work and family issues, and child care as a support for working families.




  • Working Conditions and Health

    Ongoing since 1985
    Study of working conditions and impact on health

    workfamilieschildren_small20Working Conditions and Health is a group of inter-related research projects with a common interest in understanding the relation of working conditions to the physical and mental health of workers.


  • Archived Projects in this Area




  • An in-depth look at teen/parent sexual communication

    Completed
    Teen/Parent sexual communication

    This project is an in-depth qualitative investigation of teen/parent communication about sex and relationships, which provides an in-depth look at families participating in the evaluation of middle school education program. It includes interviews with 32 teen/parent pairs who are participants in the Get Real middle school sex education program.




  • Changing Workforce

     
    Employment in the 21st Century

    workfamilieschildren_small20This group of inter-related research projects examines three related changes in the U.S. workplace - rising employment in the service industries, increased diversity of the workforce, and the increase in numbers of older workers.




  • Child Care Voucher Project

    Completed 2007
    Assessing Massachusetts' Voucher System

    workfamilieschildren_small20WCW researchers participated in a study, led by Dr. Valora Washington and under the auspices of the Bessie Tartt Wilson Children’s Foundation, to evaluate the child care voucher system in Massachusetts.




  • Impact of Work Organization on Women’s Postpartum Health

    Completed 2012
    The Impact of Work Stress on Mothers' Health

    workfamilieschildren_small20This study examines the impact of work stress on working mothers’ health during the first three years after having a child.




  • Influence of Early Care and Education on Children's Outcomes and Family Functioning: An Ecological Model

    2004-2006
    An Ecological Model: ECE, Children's Outcomes and Family Functioning

    workfamilieschildren_small20This study examines the varying quality of child care in Massachusetts and across the nation, and its effect on children's performance and family functioning.




  • Perceptions of Work Environments and Relationships (POWER)

    Completed in 2006
    Social Class Perceptions of Work Environments

    This program examined the ways urban high school students benefit from and utilize school-to-work programs, with an exploration of class differences on work relationships and overall experience.




  • Puerto Rican Young Fathers' Involvement with Their Children

    1999-2003
    Puerto Rican Fathers and Their Children

    This study utilized the data from interviews to determine what factors permeated the experiences of young Puerto Rican fathers.


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