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Organisational factors and occupational balance in working parents in Sweden
Iris Hadar Limited company, Malmö, Sweden.
Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Sweden.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Rehabilitation. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7964-7143
Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 46, no 3, p. 409-416Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background:

Parents with small children constitute a vulnerable group as they have an increased risk of sick leave due to stress-related disorders compared to adults without children. It has been shown that mothers and fathers to small children together spend more time in paid work than any other group, which could create negative stress and an experience of low occupational balance.

Aim:

The aim of this study was to examine associations between organisational factors and occupational balance among parents with small children in Sweden.

Methods:

Data were collected by a survey including questions about occupational balance, organisational factors and age, sex, employment rate, work position, monthly household income, number of children at home, separation/divorce last five years and overtime. The total number of parents included in this study was 718 (490 mothers and 228 fathers). Logistic regression models were applied to examine the odds ratios for occupational balance in relation to organisational factors.

Results:

Parents who experienced positive attitudes towards parenthood and parental leave among colleagues and managers were more likely to experience high occupational balance than parents who experienced negative or neutral attitudes. Having a clear structure for handover when absent from work was also strongly associated with high occupational balance.

Conclusions:

The result of the present study indicates that some organisational factors could be important for the occupational balance of parents with small children.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2018. Vol. 46, no 3, p. 409-416
Keywords [en]
Organisational factors, occupational balance, working parents, Sweden
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Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-37779DOI: 10.1177/1403494817713650ISI: 000432124600017PubMedID: 28699386Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85042225667OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-37779DiVA, id: diva2:1152616
Available from: 2017-10-25 Created: 2017-10-25 Last updated: 2018-08-03Bibliographically approved

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