Juggling three life spheres: reconciling work, family and politics

Laura Emery, Petra Meier, Dimitri Mortelmans

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In the field of work–life balance, most research focuses on the
reconciliation of role-related expectations that derive from the
work and family spheres. This article aims to identify coping
strategies that reconcile life spheres in situations that go beyond
the classic two-sphere framework. We analyze the actual coping
behavior of individuals juggling three life spheres by studying
local Flemish politicians. The strategies that were found in this
study were communication with family, recognizing priorities
within the political sphere, consciously creating time for family
moments, downsizing and segregating the life spheres. The
results suggest that women usually remain the manager of the
household, which reinforces traditional gender roles.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-242
Number of pages17
JournalCommunity, Work & Family
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2018


  • Flanders
  • Work–life balance
  • coping strategies
  • gender
  • local politicians

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