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The complexity of role balance: Support for the Model of Juggling Occupations
Occupational Therapy Program, School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.
Occupational Therapy Program, School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.
Occupational Therapy Program, School of Exercise and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, CHILD.
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2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 21, no 5, 334-347 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: This pilot study aimed to establish the appropriateness of the Model of Juggling Occupations in exploring the complex experience of role balance amongst working women with family responsibilities living in Perth, Australia.

Methods: In meeting this aim, an evaluation was conducted of a case study design, where data were collected through a questionnaire, time diary, and interview.

Results: Overall role balance varied over time and across participants. Positive indicators of role balance occurred frequently in the questionnaires and time diaries, despite the interviews revealing a predominance of negative evaluations of role balance. Between-role balance was achieved through compatible role overlap, buffering, and renewal. An exploration of within-role balance factors demonstrated that occupational participation, values, interests, personal causation, and habits were related to role balance.

Conclusions: This pilot study concluded that the Model of Juggling Occupations is an appropriate conceptual framework to explore the complex and dynamic experience of role balance amongst working women with family responsibilities. It was also confirmed that the case study design, including the questionnaire, time diary, and interview methods, is suitable for researching role balance from this perspective.

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2014. Vol. 21, no 5, 334-347 p.
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work, role conflict, pilot study, middle age, lifestyle, female, family role, diaries, coping, case studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25373DOI: 10.3109/11038128.2014.902988ISI: 000341232000003PubMedID: 24784722Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84906705442Local ID: HHJCHILDIS, HLKCHILDISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-25373DiVA: diva2:773213
Available from: 2014-12-18 Created: 2014-12-18 Last updated: 2016-11-24Bibliographically approved

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