Working Sandwich Generation Women Utilize Strategies within and between Roles to Achieve Role Balance

Kiah L Evans, Jeannine Millsteed, Janet E Richmond, Marita Falkmer, Torbjorn Falkmer, Sonya J Girdler

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e0157469
JournalPLoS One
Volume11
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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