Work, Family, Health, and Well-Being

Author: Suzanne M. Bianchi,Lynne M. Casper,Rosalind Berkow King
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135605874
Category: Psychology
Page: 600
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Work, Family, Health, and Well-Being grew out of a conference held in Washington, D.C. in June 2003 on "Workforce/Workplace Mismatch: Work, Family, Health, and Well-Being" sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The text considers multiple dimensions of health and well-being for workers and their families, children, and communities. Investigations into the socioeconomic gradient in health within broad occupational categories have raised important questions about the role of specific working conditions versus the role of conditions of employment such as wages and level of job security afforded a worker and his/her family in affecting health outcomes. Organized into seven parts, this text: *provides an overview of changes in work and family time and time use; *dedicates a section focusing specifically on employers and workplaces; *explores disciplinary perspectives on work, family, health, and well-being; *focuses on the most studied work and family nexus, the interrelationship between parental employment, especially maternal employment and the child's well-being; *examines gender differences in the division of labor, the effect of marriage on health, the shifting nature of care-giving throughout life, and the role of work on various health and well-being outcomes; *explores occupational health literature; and *focuses on the unique work-family issues faced by low-income families and workers in low-wage jobs. This book appeals to anyone in the fields of psychology, sociology, family studies, demographics, economics, anthropology, and social work.

Being and Well-Being

Health and the Working Bodies of Silicon Valley
Author: J.A. English-Lueck
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804771588
Category: Medical
Page: 271
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This book tells the stories of the workers, the young people who will be future workers, and retired people who feel capitalism in their very bodies, as they work to define what it means to be healthy in America.

Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being

Author: Ronald J. Burke,Kathryn M. Page
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1785363263
Page: 544
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Almost every person works at some point in their lives. The Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being examines the association of particular work experiences with employee and organizational health and performance.

The Social Origins of Health and Well-being

Author: Richard Eckersley,Jane Dixon,Robert Matheson Douglas,Bob Douglas
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521890212
Category: Medical
Page: 347
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The impact that social determinants such as work, environment, race and class have on health.

The Role of Individual Differences in Occupational Stress and Well Being

Author: Pamela L. Perrewe,Daniel C. Ganster
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 0857247115
Category: Psychology
Page: 350
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Deals with the examination of occupational stress, health and well being, with particular emphasis on the multi-disciplinary nature of occupational stress. This title also examines the role of individual difference in occupational stress, health and well being.

Promoting Health and Well-being in Social Work Education

Author: Beth R. Crisp,Liz Beddoe
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317966864
Category: Medical
Page: 174
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Social work educators can play an important part in ensuring that the promotion of health and well-being is firmly on the social work agenda for service users, as well as for students and educators. Nevertheless, this has not been a priority within social work education and presents a challenge which requires some re-thinking in terms of curriculum content, pedagogy, and how social workers respond to social problems. Furthermore, if the promotion of health and well-being is not considered a priority for social workers, this raises important questions about the role and relevance of social work in health, and thus poses challenges to social work education, both now and in the future. This book contains contributions from social work educators from Australia, America, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. They reflect on how best to prepare students to put health and well-being to the forefront of practice, drawing on research on quality of life, subjective well-being, student well-being, community participation and social connectedness, religion and spirituality, mindful practices, trauma and health inequalities. This book is an extended version of a special issue of Social Work Education.

Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder

Creating Value by Investing in Your Workforce
Author: Jody Heymann
Publisher: Harvard Business Press
ISBN: 142215842X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 288
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Most managers assume that surviving, especially in recessions, requires slashing wages, benefits, and other workforce expenses. And lowest-skilled workers are often viewed as the most expendable. In Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder, Jody Heymann overturns these assumptions. Drawing from thousands of interviews with employees from front line to C-suite at companies around the world, Heymann shows how enterprises have profited more by improving working conditions. She also demonstrates that lower-skilled employees - in call centers, repair services, product assembly - aren't expendable. They can determine 90 percent of companies' profitability. High performers positively shape customers' perceptions of businesses, driving satisfaction and loyalty. To attract, train, and retain top-caliber people in these roles, you must enhance working conditions, creating a system in which your company and its employees profit together. Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder shows what works - from stock options for bakers to flexibility for factory workers to career tracks in call centers. Featuring cases from companies around the globe - including a leading concrete manufacturer in India, a top European pharmaceutical firm operating in China, and successful U.S. manufacturers - this book shows how real organizations are excelling financially by strengthening frontline employees' working conditions.

Caregiving Contexts

Cultural, Familial, and Societal Implications
Author: Maximiliane E. Szinovacz, PhD,Adam Davey, PhD
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826103109
Category: Social Science
Page: 312
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"This volume represents a major step forward in the literature by placing its focus squarely on the caregiving context, its dimensions and how it shapes the process and outcomes of family care. The chapters locate care within the family, rather than a single individual....The family, in turn, in embedded within a larger cultural, community, and social context....These explorations of context will give us a broader view of how caregiving occurs. It will help us improve our theories about care and about the family's role in contemporary society....Care of our elders is an enduring and yet evolving part of life. The focus on context will help us understand, support and learn from the ways that families meet the challenges involved."--from the foreword by Steve H. Zarit, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University Here, in Caregiving Contexts, the editors and their chapter authors explore the ways in which demographic change will influence the availability of caregivers and how divergent welfare and ideological systems will affect care among family members and between family and formal care systems. They also discuss the differences in experience between spousal and adult child caregivers, special circumstances such as child or adolescent caregivers, and government and workplace policies that are available to support caregivers in the United States and in some European countries. No other volume is available on caregiving which explores the sociocultural, familial, and sociopolitical contexts that effect both care decisions and outcomes.

Exploring Resources, Life-Balance and Well-Being of Women Who Work in a Global Context

Author: Roxane L Gervais,Prudence M. Millear
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319317369
Category: Social Science
Page: 276
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This volume presents research on women’s experiences, attitudes and perceptions, considering their work roles and in the context of their lives outside work. It explores the various choices women may opt to take, and the resources they may use, and presents options they may wish to consider over the course of their working lives. The research presented here is varied and the methods used include cross-sectional and longitudinal research, reviews of literature, as well as experiences and practical suggestions from clinical, organisational, health and occupational health psychologists, in addition to occupational safety and health practitioners. It looks at women who are part-time employees, those in vulnerable positions in the informal economy to women in mainstream, full-time employment. The chapters present theoretical underpinnings of how, what, when and where women approach work options, approach life and approach living. The overarching factor that links these chapters is the focus on women as a vital resource in the world economy, with an exploration of the options that are available to them and how these could be maximised to retain a productive and healthy female workforce.

Healthier Societies

From Analysis to Action
Author: Jody Heymann,Clyde Hertzman,Morris L. Barer,Robert G. Evans
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199748198
Category: Medical
Page: 448
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Extensive research has shown that social factors are as important as biological ones in determining health, and their impact is enormous in both adults and children. The challenge of changing public policies and programs remains. Healthier Societies: From Analysis to Action addresses the fundamental questions which will lead the way toward countries investing seriously in improving social conditions, as a way of improving population health. The book is divided into three parts. Section one addresses to what extent health is determined by biological factors, by social factors, and more fundamentally, by the interaction between the two. Section two examines four case studies that demonstrate the ways in which social change can dramatically affect adults' health, as well as launch children's lives onto healthy trajectories. This section analyzes the cases of nutrition, working conditions, social inequalities, and geographic disparities. The third section of the book takes a serious look at what would be involved in translating the research findings described throughout the book into action.

Shaping Work-Life Culture in Higher Education

A Guide for Academic Leaders
Author: Laura Koppes Bryan,Cheryl A. Wilson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136312242
Category: Education
Page: 191
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Shaping Work-Life Culture in Higher Education provides strategies to implement beneficial work-life policies in colleges and universities. As compared to the corporate sector, higher education institutions have been slow to implement policies aimed at fostering diversity and a healthy work-life balance, which can result in lower morale, job satisfaction, and productivity, and causes poor recruitment and retention. Based on extensive research, this book argues that an effective organizational culture is one in which managers and supervisors recognize that professional and personal lives are not mutually exclusive. With concrete guidelines, recommendations, techniques, and additional resources throughout, this book outlines best practices for creating a beneficial work-life culture on campus, and documents cases of supportive department chairs and administrators. A necessary guide for higher education leaders, this book will inform administrators about how they can foster positive work-life cultures in their departments and institutions.

Research in Occupational Stress and Well being

Author: Sabine Sonnetag,Pamela L. Perrewe,Daniel C. Ganster
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1848555458
Category: Psychology
Page: 296
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Focuses on processes related to recovery and unwinding from job stress. This book demonstrates that recovery research is a very promising approach for understanding the processes of job stress and relieve from job stress more fully.

Research Perspectives on Work and the Transition to Motherhood

Author: Christiane Spitzmueller,Russell A. Matthews
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319411217
Category: Psychology
Page: 294
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This book examines the intricate challenges faced by women and families during the transition to motherhood. It presents unique theoretical and methodological approaches to studying women’s transition from being employees to working mothers. Its focus is on the impact of work on the transition to motherhood, and the impact of motherhood on women’s working arrangements, work attitudes, work experiences and perspectives. Special attention is given to intervention research that can enhance the health and well-being of mothers and employers as they reconcile demands of the family-work interface. Integrating theoretical framework development and methodological considerations, this book provides an in-depth introduction to the topic. It brings together researchers and experts on the work-family interface, on workplace discrimination during pregnancy and early motherhood, and well-being.

Managing Diversity in Today's Workplace: Strategies for Employees and Employers [4 volumes]

Author: Michele A. Paludi
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313393184
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 1008
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This four-volume set provides updated empirical research and best practices for understanding and managing workplace diversity in the 21st century, including issues of gender, race, generation, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, and age.

Managing Human Resources

Human Resource Management in Transition
Author: Stephen Bach,Martin Edwards
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118509986
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 440
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This revised edition is a comprehensive, authoritative set ofessays. It is more detailed and analytical than the mainstreamtreatments of HRM. As in previous editions, Managing Human Resources analyses HRM,the study of work and employment, using an integratedmulti-disciplinary approach. The starting point is a recognitionthat HRM practice and firm performance are influenced by a varietyof institutional arrangements that extend beyond the firm. Theconsequences of HRM need to incorporate analysis of employees andother stakeholders as well as the implications for organizationalperformance.

Balancing the Big Stuff

Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life
Author: Miriam Liss,Holly H. Schiffrin
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442223367
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 328
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Anne-Marie Slaughter started a firestorm of headlines and heated discussions about what it means to have it all in her piece in TheAtlantic in 2012. Balancing the Big Stuff focuses on what it means to “have it all” for the rest of us – those women and men with everyday jobs and life demands, who still seek satisfaction and contentment through balance. Here, Miriam Liss and Holly Schiffrin consider the obstacles that prevent families from achieving true work-family balance and methods for better parenting, better policies, and better household and work management are discussed. Clarifying what it means to be happy, and what it means to “have it all,” Liss and Schiffrin illustrate how to achieve true contentment, outlining ways men and women can get more enjoyment and happiness both at home and the office.

Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research

Author: Vern L. Bengtson,Alan C. Acock,Katherine R. Allen,Peggye Dilworth-Anderson,David M. Klein
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1452279101
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 688
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Sponsored by the National Council on Family Relations, the Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research is the reference work on theory and methods for family scholars and students around the world. This volume provides a diverse, eclectic, and paradoxically mature approach to theorizing and demonstrates how the development of theory is crucial to the future of family research. The Sourcebook reflects an interactive approach that focuses on the process of theory building and designing research, thereby engaging readers in "doing" theory rather than simply reading about it. An accompanying Web site,, offers additional participation and interaction in the process of doing theory and making science.

How Healthy Are We?

A National Study of Well-Being at Midlife
Author: Orville Gilbert Brim,Professor of Psychology Carol D Ryff, PhD,Carol D. Ryff,Ronald C. Kessler
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226074757
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 687
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Childhood, adolescence, even the "twilight years" have been extensively researched and documented. But the vast terrain known as midlife—the longest segment of the life course—has remained uncharted. How physically and psychologically healthy are Americans at midlife? And why do some experience greater well-being than others? The MacArthur Foundation addressed these questions head-on by funding a landmark study known as "Midlife in the U.S.," or MIDUS. For the first time in a single study, researchers were able to integrate epidemiological, sociological, and psychological assessments, as well as innovative new measures to evaluate how work and family life influence each other. How Healthy Are We? presents the key findings from the survey in three sections: physical health, quality of life and psychological well-being, and the contexts (family, work) of the midlife. The topics covered by almost forty scholars in a wide variety of fields are vast, including everything from how health and well-being vary with socioeconomic standing, gender, race, or region of the country to how middle-aged people differ from younger or older adults in their emotional experience and quality of life. This health—the study measures not only health-the absence of illness—but also reports on the presence of wellness in middle-aged Americans. The culmination of a decade and a half of research by leading scholars, How Healthy Are We? will dramatically alter the way we think about health in middle age and the factors that influence it. Researchers, policymakers, and others concerned about the quality of midlife in contemporary America will welcome its insights. * Having a good life means having good relationships with others to almost 70% of those surveyed. Less than 40% mentioned their careers. * Reports of disruptive daily stressors vary by age, with young adults and those in midlife experiencing more than those in later adulthood. * Men have higher assessments of their physical and mental health than woman until the age of 60.

Family Contexts of Sleep and Health Across the Life Course

Author: Susan M. McHale,Valarie King,Orfeu M. Buxton
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319647806
Category: Social Science
Page: 222
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This unique volume advances the literature on sleep and health by illuminating the impacts of family dynamics on individuals’ quality and quantity of sleep. Its lifespan perspective extends across childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older age considering both phenomena of individual development and family system dynamics, particularly parent-child and marital relationships. It extends, as well, to the broader contexts of social disparities in sleep as a significant health behavior. Emerging concepts and practical innovations include ancestral roots of sleep in family contexts, sleep studies as a lens for understanding family health, and methodologies, particularly the use of actigraphy technology, for studying sleep patterns in individuals and families. This rich area of inquiry holds significant keys to understanding a vital human behavior and its critical role in physical, psychological, and relational health and wellbeing. Among the topics covered: · Sleep and development: familial and sociocultural considerations. · Relationship quality: implications for sleep quality and sleep disorders. · Couple dynamics and sleep quality in an international perspective. · Family influences on sleep: comparative and historical-evolutionary perspectives. · Sociodemographic, psychosocial, and contextual factors in children’s sleep. · Dynamic interplay between sleep and family life: review and directions for future research. Family Contexts of Sleep and Health Across the Life Course will advance the work of researchers and students in the fields of population health, family demography and sociology, sleep research and medicine, human development, neuroscience, biobehavioral health, and social welfare, as well as that of policymakers and health and human services practitioners.

Occupational Stress and Well-Being in Military Contexts

Author: Peter D. Harms,Pamela L. Perrewé
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1787561836
Category: Medical
Page: 218
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This volume examines the causes and consequences of stress in the military, focussing on how stress and well-being shape the experiences of military personnel both in and out of the combat zone.