Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Spencer G. Niles
Life-role balance refers to the construction of a desired life structure that reflects a person's own definition of a balanced life. Work occurs within a person's overall life structure, and addressing this basic fact in career theory and practice fosters life-role integration or balance. Helping clients clarify their desired life structure and empowering clients to move toward life-role participation that reflects their definition of a balanced life is an increasingly important component of the career intervention process. When career practitioners help clients examine how their involvement in multiple life roles provides a sense of meaning and identity, they provide holistic career assistance that reflects life as people live it and increases the probability of living a life in balance. Changes in the nature of work, the influence of technology, demands created by dual-career parenting or single parenting, and lifelong learning requirements represent some of the challenges confronting contemporary workers. Workers ...