Family-Friendly Community


  • Raymond R. Swisher

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2008


  • Children
  • Community
  • Family-Friendly
  • Work and Family


  • Sociology


The concept of a family-friendly community derives from a confluence of research in the areas of work and family, neighborhood and community effects, and the life course. A great deal of attention has been paid to the role of workplaces in facilitating a family’s ability to juggle the often competing demands of work and family (for a review, see Glass & Estes, 1997). Yet the lives of families, particularly those with children, are often embedded within neighborhoods, communities, and institutions such as schools, churches, and civic associations. It is only recently that researchers have begun to examine the interconnections between families, work, and communities (Bookman, 2004; Bowen, Richman, & Bowen, 2000; Mannon & Brooks, 2006; Michelson, 1985; Swisher, Sweet, & Moen, 2004; Voydanoff, 2007).

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