This empirical study questioned how one can reconcile family & career in Burgenland. The study’s results are divers and can be grouped into four larger topics mirrored in the headline.
On the one hand, people in Burgenland are very content with the various offers concerning childcare. On the other hand, it becomes clear that the traditional roles of a classic family ideal and the associated values prevail in the hearts and minds of persons. Although there exist numerous formal information channels, persons in Burgenland do not always find the information required for conscientious planning regarding the inclusion of family and job. In the end, under real-life conditions, is appears that the immense differences within the region require different strategies.
It also became clear that – similar to the set-up of care relations (Luimpöck/Wallner/Fürst, 2015) and to the entry of migrants into the labor market (Luimpöck/Fürst, 2015) – family networks and close social relations play an important role in childcare. Grandparents and in-laws play an important role, but are rarely relied on as always available backup with no time limit. Parents are well aware of the volatility of such an offer – e.g. in the case of illness. The case that parents use grandparents as childcare resource instead of institutionalized offers such as childcare centers is more an exception than a rule. The study only identified one case in one community where the child was placed with the in-laws for half a year. Family networks are highly relevant but overestimated as stress-resistant and reliable resource that could potentially replace institutional care; they serve more as a necessary backdrop.
An insight one could identify as red thread throughout the study was that throughout Burgenland norms and guidelines concerning childcare and the questions associated to childcare are handled differently from community to community. This exacerbates planning central questions associated to inclusion of family and career for many parents. This is where three out of four topics mentioned in the headline culminate: information deficits, awareness and regional differences more often
Duration:10/2015 - 02/2016