Journal article

Breadwinners and Losers: Does the Mental Health of Mothers, Fathers, and Children Vary by Household Employment Arrangements? Evidence From 7 Waves of Data From the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children

Tania L King, Marissa Shields, Sean Byars, Anne M Kavanagh, Lyn Craig, Allison Milner

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2020

Abstract

In Australia, as in many industrialized countries, the past 50 years have been marked by increasing female labor-force participation. It is popularly speculated that this might impose a mental-health burden on women and their children. This analysis aimed to examine the associations between household labor-force participation (household employment configuration) and the mental health of parents and children. Seven waves of data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children were used, comprising 2004-2016, with children aged 4-17 years). Mental health outcome measures were the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (children/adolescents) and 6-item Kessler Psychological Distress Scale ..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage Project


Awarded by Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award


Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a University of Melbourne, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Business Improvement Program (BIP) Reinvestment grant, a University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher grant, and an Australian Research Council Linkage Project (grant LP 180100035). A.M. was supported by a Victorian Health and Medical Research Fellowship. T.L.K. is a recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (award DE200100607). L.C. is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (award FT150100067).