A Review of Work-Family Research in Latin America

Pedro I. Leiva, Hector Madrid, Satoris S. Howes

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Latin America, a region comprising select countries from North America, Central America, and South America, is well-known for its machismo mindset and collectivistic focus on the family. In this chapter, we explore how these and other unique aspects of Latin America relate to and influence the interplay of work and family issues. Specifically, we examine the region’s economic growth and social development policies and how they impact families and the quality of life therein. Further, we highlight some of the key findings from work-family research conducted in this region, and how they relate to findings conducted elsewhere. In our examination, we touch on some of the underlying assumptions that exist in work-family research emerging from Latin America, as well as unique challenges to conducting research in this region. Finally, we conclude by suggesting several areas in which scholars interested in work-family dynamics within Latin America might best focus their efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Cambridge Handbook of the Global Work–Family Interface
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781108235556
ISBN (Print)9781108415972
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


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