The Role of Partners' Support for Women's Reentry Into Employment After a Child-Related Career Break in Germany

Autor(en): Broeckel, Miriam
Stichwörter: family processes; Family Studies; GENDER; household labor; INVOLVEMENT; life course; LIFE-COURSE; MOTHERHOOD; quantitative; RESOURCES; SOCIAL SUPPORT; SPOUSAL SUPPORT; TIME; UNITED-STATES; WAGE PENALTY; work and family
Erscheinungsdatum: 2018
Herausgeber: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Journal: JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES
Volumen: 39
Ausgabe: 7
Startseite: 1739
Seitenende: 1769
Zusammenfassung: 
In the present study, the effect of partners' social support on women's reentry into the labor market is examined by means of discrete-time event history analysis using the German Socio-Economic Panel (1984-2013). In doing so, we take into account partners' instrumental and emotional support. A special focus is placed on the moderating effect of partners' relative resources on partners' support. Results reveal that both partners' instrumental and partners' emotional support play a major role in women's return to employment. Particularly with a more egalitarian division of domestic labor and child care, women have a higher likelihood of returning to the labor market. However, a partner's reduction of working hours can also accelerate women's reemployment. In addition, we find moderating effects of partners' resource constellations on partners' support: with a partner's increasing comparative advantage, help with housework facilitates labor market reentry, while educational homogamy moderates the effect of a partner's emotional support.
ISSN: 0192513X
DOI: 10.1177/0192513X16653435

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