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

Adisa, Toyin Ajibade, Gbadamosi, Gbolahan and Osabutey, Ellis L. C. (2016) Work-family balance: a case analysis of coping strategies adopted by Nigerian and British working mothers. Gender in Management: an International Journal, 31 (7). pp. 414-433. ISSN 1754-2413 (doi:10.1108/GM-01-2016-0010)

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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 (UK) and Lagos (Nigeria).

Methodology – Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 72 mothers who worked in banks in London (UK) 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 housemaids 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 the UK and Nigeria.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 21287
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Emerald in Gender in Management: an International Journal, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/GM-01-2016-0010
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Depositing User: Ellis Osabutey
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 16:39
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2019 09:52
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21287

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