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Changes in health and employment after childbirth: a pilot study.

Authors
McGovern-P; Gross-C; Gjerdingen-D; Dowd-B; Rockwood-T; Kenney-S; Ukestad-L; McCaffrey-D; Lundberg-U
Source
Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference, Women Working to Make a Difference, June 22-24, 2003, Washington, DC. Washington, DC: Institute for Women's Policy Research, 2003 Jun; :1-10
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20033166
Abstract
This pilot was designed to identify changes in women's health in association with return to work after childbirth. Sixty women were interviewed several times after childbirth. Women's mental health scores were stable while physical health scores improved significantly with time. Women who returned to work at 6 weeks had the highest physical health and the lowest mental health scores at 6 weeks postpartum. Conversely, women who returned to work at 12 months or later had the highest mental health over time, and the lowest physical health at 6 weeks postpartum. If validated in a larger sample, findings suggest that the more physically hardy women return to work early, and women who return to work at 12 months or later enjoy more favorable mental health.
Keywords
Employee-health; Demographic-characteristics; Women; Mental-health; Fatigue; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Physiological-measurements; Psychological-stress; Psychological-fatigue; Sociological-factors
Publication Date
20030622
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R18-OH-003605
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce: Organization of Work
Source Name
Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference, Women Working to Make a Difference, June 22-24, 2003, Washington, DC.
State
MN
Performing Organization
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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