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

Toyin Ajibade Adisa*, Gbolahan Gbadamosi, Ellis L.C. Osabutey

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

18 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-433
Number of pages20
JournalGender in Management
Volume31
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Work-family balance: A case analysis of coping strategies adopted by Nigerian and British working mothers'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this