Work, Family, and Personal Fulfillment Issues of Professional and Working Class Hispanic Women

DelCamp, Robert G.; DelCampo, Diana S.; DelCampo, Robert L.
July 2009
Business Journal of Hispanic Research;2009, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p48
Academic Journal
Employed Hispanic women face the challenge of integrating work and family life within a cultural context, while accomplishing personal fulfillment. Focus groups were conducted to collect qualitative data on how working class and professional Hispanic women perceive their work and family roles, as well as how they achieve personal fulfillment. Information was also collected as to the role media plays in understanding work and family challenges. Atlas Ti qualitative software was used to analyze the data. Working class Hispanic women put family first, and achieving satisfactory job performance second. They reported having no time left for personal fulfillment. They also did not expect family members to help with household chores. For professional Hispanic women, personal fulfillment was a priority and they expected family members to help around the house. Working class women did not use media, but reported watching their mothers to understand their work and family roles. Professional women read magazines and used the internet to learn tips on managing work and family. Participants enjoyed the focus groups and felt such discussions would help them learn more about managing work and family challenges. This result has implications for employers, who want to provide a forum for women to talk about work and family.


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