Working parents of children with chronic illness/disability: narratives of concern
Vickers, Margaret H., Bailey, Jeff G. and Parris, Melissa Anne 2003, Working parents of children with chronic illness/disability: narratives of concern, in AEPP 03 : Conference Proceedings: Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Conference, Manhattan College, New York, N.Y., pp. 104-110.
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This paper reports some initial findings of an exploratory, qualitative study of the life and work of people who are, concurrently, parents of a child with chronic illness/disability and working full time. The respondents of this study happen to be all women. Two emerging themes of interest are explored here. The first is a revisit of traditional notions of the abusive workplace, which seems to be of special interest when considering the plight of these women. Secondly, the numerous work and home demands on the working mother, especially the working mother of a child with chronic illness or disability. [twas unsurprising that these women reported extensive and multiple physical and emotional demands while trying to manage full time work with significant home and caring responsibilities. What is surprising is that these narratives of concern have not previously been explored, and should be.
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