Difficulties in Work-Family Reconciliation in Taiwan

Difficulties in Work-Family Reconciliation in Taiwan

Pei-Yuen Tsai (Yuan Ze University, Taiwan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5031-2.ch009


In order to extend the understandings of work-family reconciliation patterns and following problems in Taiwan, this chapter reviews the development of employment and childcare trends in Taiwan to show how these changing phenomena affect Taiwanese families and contribute to families’ difficulties in work-family reconciliation. This chapter includes three main sections. The first section demonstrates the changes of household structure and employment in Taiwan. The second section focuses on childcare arrangements to demonstrate Taiwanese families’ decisions between work and childcare. Finally, there is a concluding section to sum up the implications of these phenomena.
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Employment Patterns

There have been dramatic changes in terms of families’ employment patterns in recent years. These changes contribute to the potential difficulties of families in dealing with work and family responsibilities. The following sections will demonstrate important employment characteristics in Taiwan and the implications of these characteristics on work-family reconciliation.

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