"If I had known our couple turned that way, I would not have stopped working": A biographical account of labour force participation and conjugal love

Title"If I had known our couple turned that way, I would not have stopped working": A biographical account of labour force participation and conjugal love
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsWidmer, E, Schicka, M, Ernst Stähli, M, Le Goff, J-M, Levy, R
JournalSociologia e Politiche Sociali
Volume15
NumberSpecial Issue
Pagination29-49
Keywordsintimacy, life course, marital satisfaction, work
Abstract

This study examines how the work trajectories of women and men after childbirth and their subjective evaluation influence conjugal love. Data are drawn from the study, «Social Stratification, Cohesion and Conflict in Contemporary Families» (Widmer et al., 2003). The results show that an interruption of labour force participation increases the risk of feeling less in love for women, especially if the interruption is perceived as a sacrifice. Women's feelings of love also depend on the way in which their male partners consider their own work trajectories. Men's feelings of love are much less sensitive to their own and their partners’ work trajectories. The results are discussed within the life course perspective.

DOI10.3280/SP2012-SU3003
Citation Key806
Refereed DesignationRefereed