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The importance of having a paid job: Gendered experiences of health and ill-health in daily life among middle-aged women and men
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health. IMM, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4095-7961
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2929-9248
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5994-4012
2021 (English)In: BMC Public Health, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 21, no 1, article id 2023Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: More gender-theoretical studies are needed to gain a deeper understanding of what life circumstances make people sick or improve their health. The aim of the study was to gain a deeper understanding of social determinants of health by exploring gendered experiences in daily life among middle-aged women and men using the theory of gender relations.

Methods: Individual interviews with nine men and women were performed, focusing on what made them feel good or bad. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the data.

Results: A major theme in our interviews was the gendered health-promoting experiences related to having a job, which involved becoming someone, feeling appreciated at work and having control over work. Having good family relations was also health-promoting, in terms of supportive relations and becoming a parent. Ill-health was related to gendered adverse conditions at work (accidents, monotonous and stressful work tasks, being bullied) and in domestic life (demands, destructive partner relations, having children with problems).

Conclusions: Gendered determinants of health and ill-health were identified in both working and domestic life. Public health policy needs to challenge the gender order in society, which defines the gendered structure of the labour market as well as the gendered relations in domestic life.

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BioMed Central, 2021. Vol. 21, no 1, article id 2023
Keywords [en]
Domestic work, Gender relations, Paid work, Social determinants of health
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-189615DOI: 10.1186/s12889-021-12034-7ISI: 000715034600006PubMedID: 34742259Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85118711139OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-189615DiVA, id: diva2:1612214
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Swedish Research Council Formas, 259–2012-37Region VästerbottenForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2011–0445Available from: 2021-11-17 Created: 2021-11-17 Last updated: 2023-08-28Bibliographically approved

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