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Work Patterns and Parenting: Working non-day shifts may be a risk factor for depressive symptoms and relationship conflict

A 2007 study in the USA examined how the work hours, work schedules, and role overload of working-class couples might be related to the occurrence of depressive symptoms and relationship conflict as couples move into becoming parents.

The study interviewed 132 dual-earner couples 5 times across the transition to parenthood.

Statistical analyses revealed that… working evening or night shifts, as opposed to day shifts, was related to higher levels of depressive symptoms for mothers only, working rotating shifts predicted relationship conflict increases in role overload were related to the emergence of both depression and conflict but working a non-day shift explained variance in depression and conflict above and beyond the mere effect of role overload.

These results suggest that for new parents, working non-day shifts may be a risk factor for depressive symptoms and relationship conflict. This might be a useful piece of information to keep in mind when working with PREPARE/ENRICH with young couples soon intending to have a child.

Reference: Maureen Perry-Jenkins, Abbie E. Goldberg, Courtney P. Pierce, Aline G. Sayer (2007). Shift Work, Role Overload, and the Transition to Parenthood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, (1), 123–138.

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For Parents:

  • To get started with the Parenting Version of PREPARE/ENRICH, you will need to locate a qualified facilitator of relationship and parental education. PREPARE/ENRICH Certified facilitators can be located in your area by contacting PREPARE/ENRICH or by using the search facility on the website: For Couples

For Facilitators:

  • To get started with the Parenting Version of PREPARE/ENRICH, you will need to become PREPARE/ENRICH Certified by attending a Workshop.
  • Once trained, or if you are already a facilitator Contact Us to activate the Parenting Version in your facilitator account.
  • The cost to activate the Parenting Version is $40

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PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised online assessment tool that identifies each couples unique strength and growth areas. Based on their assessment results, a facilitator provides feedback sessions, helping couples to discuss and understand their results while teaching them proven relationship skills.

For more information on the Parenting Version or to simply set up a couple on the tool, please contact: www.prepare-enrich.com.au or call today (02) 9520 4049 #prepareenrich

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