Role involvement and role management : a qualitative study of mature Hong Kong women students with families and jobs

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Role involvement and role management : a qualitative study of mature Hong Kong women students with families and jobs

 

Author: Luk, Siu-lan Gillian
Title: Role involvement and role management : a qualitative study of mature Hong Kong women students with families and jobs
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2001
Subject: Women employees -- China -- Hong Kong
Students, Part-time -- China -- Hong Kong
Working mothers -- China -- Hong Kong
Work and family -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Management
Pages: iv, 87 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1555526
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/251
Abstract: To maintain their productivity and continued value in the workplace, working women pursuing part-time studies are on the increase in Hong Kong. However, not much research has been undertaken on mature women students with families and jobs. Based on case studies of four women, I analyzed how working mother students balance their parental, work, and study roles, using the concept of role involvement, or their allocation of time and energy between the roles. The interview data showed that the degree of the women's involvement in a particular role was determined by a number of individual factors. This difference in involvement between roles resulted in spillover which predominantly flew from high involvement to low involvement domains. However, the strength of spillover was moderated by a number of family and work factors. Based on these findings, a model was drawn up on the tripartite role women's role management strategy, integrating a range of factors to explain how the balance between parenting, work and school was achieved, and implications of the strategy chosen in terms of spillover. This study has implications for the other players in the work, family and school domains as to how they could support these tripartite role women. The experiences of the informants also served as useful reference for other working mothers contemplating part-time studies as well.

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