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dc.contributor.authorEvans, K.
dc.contributor.authorMillsteed, J.
dc.contributor.authorRichmond, J.
dc.contributor.authorFalkmer, M.
dc.contributor.authorFalkmer, Torbjorn
dc.contributor.authorGirdler, S.
dc.identifier.citationEvans, K. and Millsteed, J. and Richmond, J. and Falkmer, M. and Falkmer, T. and Girdler, S. 2016. Working sandwich generation women utilize strategies within and between roles to achieve role balance. PLoS One. 11 (6): Article ID e0157469.

Increasingly, women simultaneously balance the roles of mother, parental carer and worker. However, individual role balance strategies among these working 'sandwich' generation women have not been thoroughly explored. Eighteen women combining these three roles were interviewed about their individual role balance strategies. Findings were identified through the framework analysis technique, underpinned by the Model of Juggling Occupations. Achieving and maintaining role balance was explained as a complex process accomplished through a range of strategies. Findings revealed the women used six within-role balance strategies: living with integrity, being the best you can, doing what you love, loving what you do, remembering why and searching for signs of success. The women also described six between-role balance strategies: maintaining health and wellbeing, repressing perfectionism, managing time and energy, releasing responsibility, nurturing social connection and reciprocating. These findings provide a basis for health care providers to understand and potentially support working 'sandwich' generation women.

dc.publisherPublic Library of Science
dc.titleWorking sandwich generation women utilize strategies within and between roles to achieve role balance
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titlePLoS One

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curtin.departmentSchool of Occupational Therapy and Social Work
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