The economic burdens has forced some families all around the world to have dual carriers. In such situation, having work and family balance (WFB) becomes crucial, since men and women, unlike the old days, are expected to be successful in both areas: family and work, in order to achieve their quality of life. Earlier studies found that in dual carriers, women are expected more to have WFB compared to men, in order to achieve their quality of life. It is therefore, an ongoing research is conducted, to investigate if there is a correlation between WFB and quality of life, with gender as a mediator variable. This research is done in Indonesia, among low social economic population from Java ethnic; where the traditional gender role is still hold pervasively among the population. An analysis of variance will be used for the statistical data analysis. To understand the dynamics of the WFB and the quality of life among the men and the women in Java ethnic, a qualitative interview will also be conducted. Facing with life challenges, the Java ethnic has a unique believe which is called 'nrimo ing pandum', translated as being grateful in any life situation, surrender for what is destined to someone's life. This research then, will also try to investigate how this belief system affects the experience of WFB and quality of life of the people in this specific group. The research is expected to be completed by the end of February 2016.
Berta Esti Ari Prasetya, Satya Wacana Christian University, Indonesia
Stream: Mental Health
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