Juggling work and family beyond the Mind-Set: Work-family conflict in Malaysian perspective

Gouri A. Domnic Jacob, Karuthan Chinna, Ali Boerhannoddin, Rosila Bee Mohd Hussain
2017 International Journal of Advanced and Applied Sciences  
This article is to explore the dimensions of 'mind-set' among Malaysian dualearners in the work-family context. The primary goal of this study is to understand the effect of spousal support in overcoming work-family conflict and as a 'tool' to break those 'mind-sets'. In this study an In-Depth interview methodology was used. A total of 18 dual-earners were interviewed to understand the mind-set of the dual-earners. Based on these interviews, it is evident that Gender Role Ideology has taken
more » ... ology has taken root in our society. The main themes are derived from the interviews and these themes are the root of the ideology and mind-set among these groups of people. Two dimensions of mind-set have been identified. The first mind-set is the "gender stereotype mind-set" based on how men and women are supposed to be influenced by religion, culture, beliefs and norms. The second mind-set is described as the "mother's mind-set". In this type of mind set, mothers believe that they cannot let go the responsibility of child care and nurturing to the fathers because they are not confident of the fathers' capability in taking care the children. The results from this study highlight the importance of mind-sets that cause work-family conflict among Malaysians. The implications of this study were discussed. This study identifies the specific themes for workfamily conflict in the Malaysian Perspective. The study also focuses on mindsets that create work-family conflict in the Malaysian Perspective.
doi:10.21833/ijaas.2017.04.021 fatcat:z2ln6tj4mvem5h34ztiebkgo6m