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Working mother’s psychological well-being: a qualitative study investigating experiences across multiple domains of life

Edmunds, CM (2015) Working mother’s psychological well-being: a qualitative study investigating experiences across multiple domains of life. Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Research investigating the effect of working mother’s increasing involvement in
multiple domains of life typically assumes that negative experiences from work and
family domains accumulate to detrimentally affect well-being (Tingey, Kinger, &
Riley, 1996). The aim of the present study was to investigate how working mothers’
positive and negative experiences across multiple roles (e.g. work, home, sport,
religion) interact to have cumulative, compensatory or segmented influences on their
well-being. The lack of existing literature in this area and the need to accommodate a
comprehensive conceptualisation of working mothers’ multifaceted life experiences
necessitated a qualitative process of analysis. Using a social constructionist
epistemology data was obtained from individual, semi-structured interviews with 22
working mothers from four organisations across Tasmania and Victoria. Interviews
were analysed according to the principles of Braun and Clark’s (2006) six-phase
thematic analysis process. Findings revealed that working mother’s well-being was
influenced by an association between their Type A or Type B personality
characteristics and interpersonal relationship conflict or satisfaction. Results further
identified that these constructs mediated, or were mediated by working mothers’
cumulative, compensatory or segmented experiences across work, home, social and
personal roles. The implications of these findings for theory development and
intervention design are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Keywords: working mothers, well-being, personality, relationship quality, multiple roles
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Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 02:52
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