Academic journal article Journal of Family Studies

Dissertation Abstracts International, Section B: The Sciences and Engineering: The Impact of Work-Family Conflict on Maternal Health Eighteen Months after Childbirth

Academic journal article Journal of Family Studies

Dissertation Abstracts International, Section B: The Sciences and Engineering: The Impact of Work-Family Conflict on Maternal Health Eighteen Months after Childbirth

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Workforce demographics have changed dramatically over the past 50 years as women of childbearing age increased their participation in the workforce. Utilizing data from the Maternal Postpartum Health Study, 817 employed women (71% response) were surveyed over the eighteen months following childbirth to determine how their health was affected by balancing the dual roles of both work and family. Longitudinal analyses, using fixed effects models, estimated the associations between job and home spill-over and health. Women who reported high levels of job duties spilling over into work had worse mental health scores compared to women who reported low levels of spill-over (beta; = -1.26, SE = 0.47). Women who reported medium and high levels of home duties spilling over into work also reported lower mental health (beta; = -0.81, SE = 0.30; beta; = -1.52, SE = 0.78). While there was no significant association found between job spill-over and physical health, women who reported medium levels of home spillover, compared to women with low levels of spill-over, reported slightly improved physical health (beta; = 0. …

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