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Labor Conditions and the Health of Children, Elderly and Disabled Family Members

JODY HEYMANN, ARON FISCHER and MICHAL ENGELMAN

in Global Inequalities at Work

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195150865
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865222 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195150865.003.004
 Labor Conditions and the Health of Children, Elderly and Disabled Family Members

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This chapter examines the connections between working conditions and the health of workers' families in North America, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. It begins with a review of the theoretical and empirical basis for a link between parental working conditions and children's health. Similar arguments in relation to the health of elderly and disabled family members are then presented. The core of this chapter reports new findings from a series of studies conducted as part of the Project on Global Working Families, including in-depth interviews of working caregivers in Mexico, Botswana, Vietnam, Honduras, and the United States. The chapter concludes with the policy implications of these findings.

Keywords: working conditions; family health; children; elderly; disabled; working caregivers; working families; policy

Chapter.  14179 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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