Wellbeing in working mothers

Duff, Alexa (2017) Wellbeing in working mothers. D.Clin.Psych. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

Background: Becoming a mother is a period of transition for women and during this period many of them return to work.

Aims: The aim of the study was to explore psychological distress when returning to work after maternity leave. Variables such as work-family conflict, work-family balance, social support and income and their relationship to psychological distress during this period were explored.

Method: 195 women completed an online questionnaire, with demographic questions as well as measures assessing psychological distress, work-family-conflict, work-family-balance and social support. Correlations, t-tests, mediation and moderation analyses were used to explore the results.

Results: Psychological distress was not found to be elevated in mothers returning to work after maternity leave. However, they did have high levels of work-family-conflict and work-family-balance. Social support acted as a mediator of the relationship between work-family-conflict and work-family-balance and psychological distress.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0636 Applied psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology > Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Miss Rosemary Cox
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2017 15:51
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2017 18:17
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/16454

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