Journal article

Gendered associations between household labour force participation and mental health using 17 waves of Australian cohort data

Tania L King, Yamna Taouk, Anthony D LaMontagne, Humaira Maheen, Anne M Kavanagh

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology: the international journal for research in social and genetic epidemiology and mental health services | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2020


PURPOSE: There is some evidence that employed women report more time pressure and work-life penalties than employed men and other women; however little is known about whether this exerts a mental health effect. This analysis examined associations between household labour force arrangements (household-employment configuration) and the mental health of men and women. METHODS: Seventeen waves of data from the Household Income and Labour Dynamics Survey (2001-2017) were used. Mental health was measured using the Mental Health Inventory (MHI-5). A six-category measure of household-employment configuration was derived: dual full-time employed, male-breadwinner, female-breadwinner, shared part-time..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant

Awarded by ARC DECRA Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian Research Council Linkage Project-Gender equality in Australia: impact on social, economic and health outcomes (LP 180100035). TLK is supported by a University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant (1858815) and an ARC DECRA Fellowship (DE200100607).