Work–Family Interference: Nurses in Norway and Finland

  • Bente Abrahamsen Centre for the Study of Professions
  • Kari Anne Holte International Research Institute of Stavanger / Centre for the Study of Professions, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science
  • Marjukka Laine Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Turku



The aim of the study is to investigate the level of work–family inter-ference (WFI) for part-time nurses in Norway and Finland. Part-time work is usually cited as a desirable way in which to facilitate work and family harmony. However, the opportunity to work part-time in professions may be associated with greater difficulties and challenges than commonly presumed. Part-time professionals are often stigmatized as being less committed to work and report fewer job rewards than colleagues in full-time positions. This study challenges the notion of the desir-able consequences of work hour flexibility concerning the integration of work and family. Part-time nurses in Norway and Finland report an equal level or even higher levels of interference than nurses in full-time positions. A disproportional distri-bution of inconvenient work schedules appears to be a central explanation for the results reported by Norwegian nurses, but to a lesser degree by Finnish nurses.


Download data is not yet available.
How to Cite
Abrahamsen, B., Holte, K. A., & Laine, M. (2012). Work–Family Interference: Nurses in Norway and Finland. Professions and Professionalism, 2(1).