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“Stuck Between Two Worlds”: Configurations of Occupational and Family Identities

Conference contribution
Authors Fanny Gyberg
Ann Frisén
Moin Syed
Published in The International Society for Research on Identity (ISRI) 26th Annual Conference, Naples, Italy, May 13-15
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Subject categories Psychology


Through a mixed methods approach, we investigated how individuals (124 Swedish adults, 50% women, Mage 33.29) negotiated their multiple identifications of work and family into different types of meaningful identity configurations. Using thematic analysis we found six different types of configurations: Family first, Work first, Now family comes first, Everything is important, Struggling to prioritize, and Inability to prioritize. The quantitative analyses showed that there were differences in conflict and life satisfaction between different configurations. The findings reflect the complex and dynamic ways identity is structured in various configurations, the processes it entails, and further emphasizes the importance of context.

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