Work-family balance: A case analysis of coping strategies adopted by Nigerian and British working mothers

Authors: Adisa, T., Gbadamosi, G. and Osabutey, E.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/23768/

Journal: Gender in Management: an international journal

Volume: 31

Issue: 7

Pages: 479-495

Publisher: Emerald

ISSN: 1754-2413

DOI: 10.1108/GM-01-2016-0010

Abstract Purpose – Given the reality that working mothers experience difficulties in achieving work-family balance as a result of the social restrictions that arise from parenting combined with career goals, this article explores the various coping strategies that are employed by working mothers in the cities of London (Great Britain) and Lagos (Nigeria). Methodology – Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 72 mothers who worked in banks in London (Great Britain) and Lagos (Nigeria). Thematic analysis and investigator triangulation are used.

Findings – The findings reveal various coping strategies that are used by working mothers in the cities of Lagos and London. The article also unearths the efficiency and the shortcomings of the use of au pairs among British working mothers and the similarities and disparities of such use compared to the traditional use of housekeepers in Nigeria. Originality/value – This article contributes to existing work-family balance literature by exploring coping strategies of working mothers as a result of socio-cultural and institutional differences in Great Britain and Nigeria.

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Authors: Adisa, T.A., Gbadamosi, G. and Osabutey, E.L.C.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/23768/

Journal: Gender in Management

Volume: 31

Issue: 7

Pages: 414-433

ISSN: 1754-2413

DOI: 10.1108/GM-01-2016-0010

© 2016, © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Purpose: Given the reality that working mothers experience difficulties in achieving work-family balance because of the social restrictions that arise from parenting combined with career goals, this paper aims to explore the various coping strategies that are used by working mothers in the cities of London (Great Britain) and Lagos (Nigeria). Design/methodology/approach: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 72 mothers who worked in banks in London (Great Britain) and Lagos (Nigeria). Thematic analysis and investigator triangulation are used. Findings: The findings reveal various coping strategies used by working mothers in the cities of Lagos and London. The paper also unearths the efficiency and the shortcomings of the use of au pairs among British working mothers and the similarities and disparities in terms of such use compared to the traditional use of housekeepers in Nigeria. Originality/value: This paper contributes to the existing work–family balance literature by exploring the coping strategies of working mothers because of sociocultural and institutional differences in Great Britain and Nigeria.

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