The Implications of Work-Family Balance Among Dual-Earner Couples: The Case of Medical Practitioners in Nigeria

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

Journal: Career Development International

Volume: 22

Issue: 4

Pages: 351-371

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

ISSN: 0955-6214

DOI: 10.1108/CDI-09-2016-0154

Purpose – The implications of the work-family balance (WFB) of dual-earner couples are well known, however, the extant literature on this topic has failed to adequately explore the context of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), specifically Nigeria. This article examines the implications of the WFB of dual-earner couples in Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach – This article employs a qualitative methodology in order to explore the effect of couples’ dual-earner status on their WFB in an African context by using Nigerian medical practitioners as the empirical focus.

Findings – The findings reveal that the dual earner status provides some respite from financial hardship and improves family finances, which subsequently enhances WFB. However, the dual earner status also has negative impacts on WFB in terms of work performance, dysfunctionality, and associated societal problems.

Originality/value – This paper provides insights into the WFB of dual-earner couples in the non-western context of SSA, highlighting the previously unexplored implications of dual-earner status in the context of SSA.

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