A new study has revealed that working men and women have different views, when it comes to marital and parental time pressures.
Dr. Susan Roxburgh, associate professor of sociology at Kent State University, and colleagues examined how employment and parenthood have an effect on time pressures relating to marital partners and the parental role.
"Typically in past studies, full-time workers and parents tend to be more time pressured than those who work part time or who don't have children," said Dr. Roxburgh.
The research team found that just about one-fifth of working women and men are totally satisfied with the time they spend with their spouse and their children.
Dr. Roxburgh suggested that while men were considerably more likely to want more time with their spouses, women were more likely than men to say they wanted to improve the quality of time they spend with their spouse.
The team discovered that both women and men uniformly were likely to say that they wanted to hold up the pace of time spent with their spouse.
However, when it comes to time spent with children, only women felt that a chaotic pace influenced the time they spent with their children.
"Current social trends — increasing work hours and consumer debt, declining real wages, and a failure to define time pressure as a social problem — leave little doubt that family time pressures will continue to be a significant part of American family life," Dr. Roxburgh said.
The study is published in the Journal of Family Issues.