Working Late Shift Hurts Women's Marriages

CINCINNATI, Aug. 19 (UPI) — Women working late shifts, to a greater degree than men, experience disruption in their ability to care and nurture spouses and children, U.S. researchers say.

David Maume of the University of Cincinnati, director of the Kunz Center for Research in Work, Family and Gender, says the study focused on more than 370 unionized grocery and drug store workers — 65 percent women and 35 percent men — a group that regularly works non-standard schedules.

Everyone who participated in the study was married — for an average of 19 years — and the average age of the men was 50 and the mean age of the women was 48.

“When women work rotating schedules, they find it more difficult to get everything done at home and engage with family members, and it is this disruptive effect on family life which strains women’s marriages rather than the times they work,” Maume says in a statement. “To a greater degree than men, women’s work schedules disrupt their ability to care for and nurture other family members, and women’s marriages suffer as a result.”

The findings were presented at the 105th annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Atlanta.

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