Managing the family`s health: preferences and experiences of women with different work and family arrangements.

Andrews, Fiona and Swerissen, Hal 2006, Managing the family`s health: preferences and experiences of women with different work and family arrangements., Australian journal of primary health, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 109-116.

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Title Managing the family`s health: preferences and experiences of women with different work and family arrangements.
Author(s) Andrews, FionaORCID iD for Andrews, Fiona orcid.org/0000-0001-5082-1702
Swerissen, Hal
Contributor(s) School of Health and Social development staff
Faculty of Health Sciences, LaTrobe University staff
Journal name Australian journal of primary health
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 109
End page 116
Publisher La Trobe University, Australian Institute for Primary care
Place of publication Vic, Australia
Publication date 2006-12
ISSN 1448-7527
1836-7399
Keyword(s) Childrens health
Family
Women
Women and family balance
Primary health care services
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Summary Balancing the needs of work and family is a subject of much debate.The purpose of this research was to explore how families manage their children's health within the context of different work and family arrangements.In-depth interviews were conducted with women who were at home full time (8) or in paid work over 30 hours a week (7). Women had at least one child under the five years of age. Findings revealed there was no simple relationship between women's working arrangements and how they managed their children's health. All women, irrespective of their working arrangements, held similar preferences for managing their children's health.However, most women experienced either time or financial constraints that meant they had to compromise their original preferences. In some cases this meant children missed out on receiving health services. Workplace support, extended family support and general satisfaction with work and family arrangements appeared to be important factors for the small number of women who had no problems in managing their children's health. The implications of these findings are discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 111717 Primary Health Care
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, CSIRO
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004125

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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