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Family time is becoming rare in our society. Today’s families
are busier than ever. Parents are trying to manage all of the demands day-to-day
life can bring and carry out all the roles associated with maintaining family
life.  The challenge of making time for
each other can interfere with efforts to maintain well-being of the family. This
issue is affecting families more than we realize. Parents are experiencing
increased stress from trying to juggle so much, children are experiencing
emotional disturbances as well. With divorce rates on the rise and an increase of
juvenile delinquency, the well-being of families appear to be on a downward
slope. Taking a deeper look regarding the impact of family time and its effects
on the well-being of the family is an important aspect for researchers to study.
There are various aspects of life that can affect the amount of time families
are able to spend together. One of the areas is the amount of hours parents
work. Long work hours can greatly take their toll on not only parents, but the
children as well. The presenting study in the article reviewed includes an
analysis regarding the impact these long work hours have on families.  The data for
the study draws on data from the New Zealand 2006 Census and a small
qualitative study of interviews with 17 families where at least one parent
worked long hours. Families selected for the study included those with
dependent children. The researchers targeted families that included
parents working long hours in the fields of transportation, management,
education, hospitality, retail, and agriculture. Researchers also included
parents who were self-employed or held several jobs.  Researchers found that majority of the
workers in the Census who worked long hours were male in 12 of the 17 families
they chose for the study. The researchers experienced challenges regarding
efforts to report ranges in gender or ethnicity, as well  as age in children due to small number of
families included in the study. Families in both rural and urban regions were
included as well.

The purpose of the study was to
gain more insight regarding how family well-being is affected by long work
hours; to understand considerations when choosing whether or not to work long
hours; and to explore any compromise that working long hours involve. A lot of information
was presented in the article based on literature reviews conducted prior to and
during the study, it was scattered throughout the article making some irrelevant
points regarding the direction of the study. There appeared to be too much
focus on the literature used than the actual study which made it difficult to
follow the findings. Researchers noticed that previous studies failed to include
a well summed up discussion of the range of impacts long working hours had on
families which is why they wanted to include in depth interviews with the
families and their children. They summed up the reoccurring statements collected
from families during the interview process. The fact that they shared some of
the actual responses in the article was interesting, however their summary of
the information was rather general and vague. I would have loved to see more
depth concerns of families regarding the long-term effects of working long
hours and the actual issues or challenges families faced due to the long hours
over a longer period of time. Instead of focusing on the negative effects,
researchers included positive effects as well. I considered this irrelevant as
families associated long work hours with negative feelings as it takes away
time from your family.

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The hypothesis was not clearly pointed
out as the researchers did not hold a specific claim regarding the impact of the
work hours, they were looking more into the impacts, if any, on how working
long hours affected families. The findings suggests that long hours of work can
have a variety of impacts on family wellbeing, including a positive aspect of
providing greater income but also negatively affecting time available for family
members. The quantitative data collection method was rather confusing
and inconsistent. The sample size was rather small
for making such wide range statements about families based solely on 17 New
Zealand families. The range of ethnicity or specific age and gender variations
were not listed, the explanation of not doing so was due to such a small sample
size. It would have been interesting to see the differences among different
ethnicities regarding how they respond to the impact of long work hours. It was
interesting regarding how the qualitative data was collected from interviews
including some of the actual responses of the families regarding how they felt
they were impacted by long work hours. However, the researchers summed it up in
a rather vague manner. Overall, the article was rather difficult to understand
regarding all of the variables and direction of the study with the placement of
the additional literature throughout the article, I often questioned the
relevance of some of the information included. However, I do see the relevance
in conducting a study on a topic as such, Family life is impacted on so many
levels and it seems people have forgotten how much of an impact our family life
can have on us. We get so consumed with the hustle and bustle of life that the
value of something like family time gets pushed lower and lower on our list to
do. Couples are getting divorced, families are separating, and children are
slipping through the cracks and becoming unstable. This study helps us to be
mindful and aware of the impeding forces in our day to day life that affect
family well-being.