Home-based Employment and Family Life

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Ramona K. Z. Heck, Alma J. Owen, Barbara R. Rowe
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Home labor - 277 pages
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This book is about families who combine home life and income-producing work under the same roof. Based on 899 homeworking households in nine states, the analysis presents detailed information about individual worker and household characteristics; work characteristics for both business owners and wage workers; family functioning types; management behavior; and adjustment strategies used in family life, the community context, and the home-based employment experience over an extended period of time. This is the first publication of a serious longitudinal study of the phenomenon of working from home with historical considerations of how and why so many people are choosing this option. It points to the significantly positive impact at-home workers are having on their families, their neighborhoods, and their communities.


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Chapter 1 Harmonizing Family and Work
Chapter 2 The Changing Environment of Work
Chapter 3 The Workers at Work at Home
Chapter 4 The Hidden Hum of the HomeBased Business
Chapter 5 Homeworking Families and How They Make It Work
Chapter 6 The Community Connection
Chapter 7 Three Years Later
Chapter 8 What We Know and Do Not Know about the Home and the Work and the Implications of Both
Appendix A Research Methods Including Sample Design and Questionnaire Development
Appendix B Annotated Bibliography from the NineState Study
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RAMONA K. Z. HECK is J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise in the Department of Consumer Economics and Housing at Cornell University.

ALMA J. OWEN is Associate Professor in the Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing at Purdue University.

BARBARA R. ROWE is Associate Professor in the Department of Consumer Sciences and Retailing at Purdue University.

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