Single Workers: double standard (2009)


Some 30% of participants described some kind of double standard regarding work expectations for single and married workers (Casper & Swanberg, 2009, p. 98).


Casper, W. J., & Swanberg, J. E. (2009). Single childfree adults: The work-life stress of an unexpected group. In A. G. Antoniou, C. L. Cooper, G. P. Chrousos, C. D. Spielberger, & M. W. Eysenck (Eds.), Handbook of managerial behavior and occupational health (95-107). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.


This study includes 37 single male (n= 13) and female (n= 24) adults, ranging in age from 25 to 29, with an average of 27.9 years. Participants met the following criteria: singles who had never been married, divorced, separated, or widowed, who did not have children under the age of 18 living at home, and who worked full-time in paid employment. All participants identified themselves as heterosexual and were involved in a wide range of different occupations. A semi-structured interview was used to collect the data, which consisted of open-ended questions and which typically lasted 20 to 70 minutes.