Work/Family Commitments

By: Hewitt, Belinda, Baxter, Janeen, and Mark Western.

These researchers study data from the Negotiating the Lifecourse longitudinal study and find that there are significant differences between how work and family commitments operate for men and women. Specifically, there are negative health affects for mothers working full-time relative to mothers working part-time or not at all whereas there are no such negative affects for fathers.

Family, work, health: The impact of marriage, parenthood, and employment on self-reported health of Australian men and women. Journal of Sociology 21 (1): 61-78.