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Health of caregiver-employees in Canada: Determining the value of caregiver-friendly workplace policies and social support

TitleHealth of caregiver-employees in Canada: Determining the value of caregiver-friendly workplace policies and social support
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsWang, L., Williams A., and Kitchen P.
JournalInternational Journal of Workplace Health Management
Volume11
Pages382 - 394
Keywordscaregiver, caregiver-friendly workplace policies, health outcomes, qualitative research, work interferences
Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of various employment characteristics on the health of Canadian caregiver-employees (CEs), who are working full-time in the labor market while also providing informal/family care to adults. Design/methodology/approach Framed with Pearlin et al.'s (1990) stress model and using data from Statistic Canada's General Social Survey Cycle 26 (2012), several work-related variables for caregivers were considered, including the availability of various forms of caregiver-friendly workplace policies (CFWPs), and a series of work interferences (WIs) experienced as a result of the caregiving role. Findings This study provides evidence for the value of CFWPs in all workplaces. Counter-intuitively, family and other forms of support were found to negatively relate to both physical and mental health. Originality/value This suggests that CFWPs will not only have an impact on CEs' physical health outcomes, but will likely decrease the effect of the WIs experienced.

URLhttps://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/IJWHM-04-2018-0043
DOI10.1108/IJWHM-04-2018-0043
Document URLhttps://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/IJWHM-04-2018-0043