Home-Based Employment And Family Life

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This book is about families who combine home life and income-producing work under the same roof. Based on 899 homeworking households in nine states, the analysis presents detailed information about individual worker and household characteristics; work characteristics for both business owners and wage workers; family functioning types; management behavior; and adjustment strategies used in family life, the community context, and the home-based employment experience over an extended period of time. This is the first publication of a serious longitudinal study of the phenomenon of working from home with historical considerations of how and why so many people are choosing this option. It points to the significantly positive impact at-home workers are having on their families, their neighborhoods, and their communities.

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Editorial Reviews

Findings of government and private research firms offer views on how many people work at home, how they do it, and how it affects family life and communities, providing insights into coping with work and family under one roof. Essays address subjects such as the changing environment of work, and statistics on home-based businesses. An appendix covers methods, sample design, and questionnaire development. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865692145
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 296
  • Lexile: 1380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

RAMONA K. Z. HECK is J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise in the Department of Consumer Economics and Housing at Cornell University.

ALMA J. OWEN is Associate Professor in the Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing at Purdue University.

BARBARA R. ROWE is Associate Professor in the Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing at Purdue University.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Harmonizing Family and Work 1
Ch. 2 The Changing Environment of Work 15
Ch. 3 The Workers at Work at Home
Ch. 4 The Hidden Hum of the Home-Based Business 75
Ch. 5 Homeworking Families and How They Make it Work 107
Ch. 6 The Community Connection 135
Ch. 7 Three Years Later 167
Ch. 8 What We Know and Do Not Know about the "Home" and the "Work" and the Implications of Both 193
Appendix A Research Methods Including Sample Design and Questionnaire Development 229
Appendix B Annotated Bibliography from the Nine-State Study 241
References 251
Index 267
About the Contributors 273
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