Dual earner parents with disabled children: patterns for working and caring

Lewis, Suzan ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1823-8784, Kagan, Carolyn and Heaton, Patricia (2000) Dual earner parents with disabled children: patterns for working and caring. Journal of family issues., 21 (8) . pp. 1031-1060. ISSN 1552-5481 [Article] (doi:10.1177/019251300021008005)


Family strategies for caregiving and income generation are examined in a qualitative study of employed parents of disabled children in the United Kingdom. Four family patterns for working and caring emerged: modified single earner, one-and-a-half earners, dual earners, and flexible dual earners. A number of social, economic, and ideological factors contributed to decision making for these families. Gender expectations and related ideology of caring were usually the most salient, coloring the meanings ascribed to other influencing factors. Gender assumptions in the wider context underpin the difficulties many families experience in obtaining formal supports. The authors argue that flexible community-based and employer supports are crucial to help parents with disabled children to work and care. Beyond this, however, strategies that challenge gender expectations can extend the range of options available to parents, whereas more traditional approaches perpetuate inequalities and family hardship.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
ISI Impact: 15
Item ID: 1324
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Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2009 10:39
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2021 11:07
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/1324

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