Mothers caring through injury: How can we understand the dual burden of caregivers' recovery?

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In this paper, we discuss the value of qualitative research in a commissioned research project with the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and WorkSafe under the auspices of Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR). The project was designed to examine existing quantitative data about the time taken to return to work by injured mothers and explore women s experiences of caring for children while seeking to recover from injury. We argue that qualitative research is vital to illuminate how women experience intersections of injury and care-giving. Furthermore, we suggest that in such complex areas of social life, qualitative data is necessary to inform the development of adequate and valid quantitative databases since some of the factors that may affect return to work are connected to women s caring obligations as well as injury and employment type. Policy frameworks that effectively address injured women workers needs will need to address women s family care obligations and quantitative data alone cannot provide adequate information for the development of effective workplace approaches to support mothers return to work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72 - 86
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Family Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • women's injuries
  • women's maternal care-giving
  • women's employment
  • qualitative research

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