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Am J Hosp Pharm. 1987 Dec;44(12):2729-32.

Stresses and satisfactions of the two-pharmacist relationship.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, School of Pharmacy, Auburn University, AL.


Potential advantages and disadvantages of dual-career relationships are identified, and strategies for addressing common issues encountered by dual-career couples are presented. With regard to career issues, clarification of expectations and discussion between partners regarding career commitment, job selection and mobility, and maintenance of professional identity is emphasized. Benefits of dual-career relationships include shared occupational interests, financial rewards, and respect for each partner's professional expertise. Strategies for managing domestic responsibilities include modifying standards, setting priorities, and distributing tasks evenly among family members. Pharmacist couples who are parents have chosen several routes in managing child-care issues, including postponing childbearing until each adult's career is established, decreasing one partner's career involvement, and hiring community or in-home caretakers. Sharing equally in child care can help prevent an excessive workload for one parent. Progressive family-oriented employment practices may also aid dual-career couples with children. Striking a balance between career and family is identified as perhaps the most challenging task facing the dual-career couple; time distribution must be adjusted according to the couple's priorities. Identifying realistic priorities, negotiating honestly regarding attainment of mutual and individual goals, and maintaining flexibility are key in achieving success in the professional and private lives of two-pharmacist couples.

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