Social protection, work and family strain: cumulative disadvantage effects in the US and Europe

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Principal Investigator:
Lisa Berkman

Avendano Pabon, Boersch-Supan, Glymour, Mackenbach

Ctr for Population Studies

Dates of Research:
September 1, 2011 — August 31, 2012


Over time Americans, especially women, have experienced high demands in terms of full time work often with high family demands, coupled with low formal support ( social protection policies) or informal support from other family members. The aims of this study are: to describe work/family exposures for females (1920-1950), across US states and EU; to asses morbidity, mortality and behavioral effects of work/family strain in individuals based on individual and multilevel data; to assess whether distributions of risk and /or the toxicity of risks explain geographic or temporal variations across countries and regions based on multilevel and ecologic data; and to assess if widening health inequalities are related to social protection and labor policies.