Making Work Fit Care: Reconciliation Strategies Used by Working Mothers of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

Yueh Ching Chou, Li yeh Fu*, Heng Hao Chang

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Abstract

Background: This study explored the experiences of working mothers with an adult child with intellectual disabilities to understand how they reconcile paid work and care responsibilities. Methods: Fifteen working mothers in Taiwan with an adult child with intellectual disabilities were interviewed, and an interpretative phenomenological approach was adopted for data collection and analysis. Results: All included mothers prioritized their caregiving role over paid work. The strategies used by these mothers to make paid work fit with caregiving included having strong social networks and informal support for their care work, use of formal services, personal religious beliefs and positive attitudes towards care, as well as having flexible working hours due to self-employment, good relations with employers, working positions and work locations. Conclusions: Formal systems, which include both welfare and labour policies, need to be responsive to and involved in supporting these working mothers, especially those who lack good personal networks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-145
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2013

Keywords

  • Caregiving
  • Intellectual disability
  • Mother
  • Paid work
  • Work-care reconciliation

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