Constrained labour: Maternal employment when children have disabilities

Gordon, M., Rosenman, L. S. and Cuskelly, M. M. (2007) Constrained labour: Maternal employment when children have disabilities. Journal of Applied Research In Intellectual Disabilities, 20 3: 236-246. doi:10.1111/j.1468-3148.2006.00325.x

Author Gordon, M.
Rosenman, L. S.
Cuskelly, M. M.
Title Constrained labour: Maternal employment when children have disabilities
Journal name Journal of Applied Research In Intellectual Disabilities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-2322, 1468-1348, 0952-9608
Publication date 2007-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2006.00325.x
Volume 20
Issue 3
Start page 236
End page 246
Total pages 11
Editor Felce, D.
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
750199 Work not elsewhere classified
750310 Carers development and welfare (i.e. carers for the aged, disabled)
370203 Social Policy
Abstract Background This study compared the workforce participation levels of mothers with and without dependent children with disabilities to provide recent data that could be considered representative of the range of families with dependent children with disabilities. Method Secondary cross-sectional data from a representative Australian household survey were used and subject to quantitative analysis. Results Significantly lower levels of workforce participation were found among mothers of children with disabilities compared with mothers without children with disabilities. There was no evidence of a lesser desire to work. Mother's partnership status and having a child with a severe/profound activity limitation each impacted on the nature of the differences in level of workforce participation. Conclusions The results raise concerns about the particularly low levels of part-time work among some mothers of children with disabilities, and about the impact of having a child with severe/profound activity limitations. Questions are raised about the impact of sole parent status in combination with having a child with a disability.
Keyword Psychology, Educational
family work relationship
labour force participation
single mothers
working mothers
Q-Index Code C1

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