Published Papers - Abstract 227

Lloyd B, Quine S & Lee C. The 'right' balance: Young Australian women juggle work and family. Just Policy Special Issue 2 Women, Work and money in the modern Australian context, ; :

Work/family balance is strongly represented in political and media debate, but it is of most significance to women, particularly those with young families. Mothers gain personal, financial and social benefits from their participation in paid employment, but these gains must be balanced against exhaustion, time pressure, and ambivalence about not meeting the obligations of ‘good’ motherhood. Focusing on young women aged 25 to 29 years, this qualitative study explores strategies which women use to balance paid work and motherhood. It explores the factors that contribute to work/family balance, and considers the impact of balance or its absence on psychological well-being.