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Latina Workers in North Carolina: Work Organization, Domestic Responsibilities, Health, and Family Life

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This analysis describes the work organization and domestic work experienced by migrant Latinas, and explores the linkage between work and health. Twenty Latina workers in North Carolina with at least one child under age 12 completed in-depth interviews focused on their work organization, domestic responsibilities, work-family conflict, health, and family health. Using a systematic qualitative analysis, these women described a demanding work organization that is contingent and exploitative, with little control or support. They also described demanding domestic roles, with gendered and unequal division of household work. The resulting work-family conflict affects their mental and physical health, and has negative effects on the care and health of their families. The findings from this study highlight that work stressors from an unfavorable work organization create work-family conflict, and that work-family conflict in this population has a negative influence on workers’ health and health behaviors.

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Rodriguez, G., Trejo, G., Schiemann, E. et al. Latina Workers in North Carolina: Work Organization, Domestic Responsibilities, Health, and Family Life. J Immigrant Minority Health 18, 687–696 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-015-0314-x

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Keywords

  • Occupational health
  • Organization of work
  • Immigrant health
  • Women’s health
  • Minority health
  • Family health
  • Health disparities