Exploring Resources, Life-Balance and Well-Being of Women Who Work in a Global Context

  • Roxane L Gervais
  • Prudence M. Millear

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction: Women and Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Roxane L. Gervais, Prudence M. Millear
      Pages 3-14
    3. Roxane L. Gervais
      Pages 15-31
  3. Women in Developing Economies: Exploring Work Choices and Resourcefulness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Haya Al-Dajani, Sara Carter, Colin Williams
      Pages 35-54
    3. Syed S. M. Sadrul Huda
      Pages 55-70
  4. Challenges, Choices and Constraints

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Clare Lyonette, Beate Baldauf, Heike Behle
      Pages 73-91
  5. Balancing Work: Women’s Choices and Their Lives Outside Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Wendy Boyd, Prudence M. Millear, Karen L. Thorpe, Sue Walker
      Pages 145-159
  6. Women’s Life Changes and Well-Being at Work

  7. Exploring the Future for Women at Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
    2. Roxane L. Gervais
      Pages 257-276

About this book


This volume presents research on women’s experiences, attitudes and perceptions, considering their work roles and in the context of their lives outside work. It explores the various choices women may opt to take, and the resources they may use, and presents options they may wish to consider over the course of their working lives. The research presented here is varied and the methods used include cross-sectional and longitudinal research, reviews of literature, as well as experiences and practical suggestions from clinical, organisational, health and occupational health psychologists, in addition to occupational safety and health practitioners. It looks at women who are part-time employees, those in vulnerable positions in the informal economy to women in mainstream, full-time employment. The chapters present theoretical underpinnings of how, what, when and where women approach work options, approach life and approach living. The overarching factor that links these chapters is the focus on women as a vital resource in the world economy, with an exploration of the options that are available to them and how these could be maximised to retain a productive and healthy female workforce.


Biological Rhythms Feminisation of Poverty First-time Mother Glass Cliff Hormonal Changes Throughout Working Lives Maternal Employment Menopause Menstruation as a Work Stressor Mother-daughter Relationship Resourceful Women Transition to Parenthood Women’s Choice for Work Patterns Women’s Contributions to the Workforce Work Roles

Editors and affiliations

  • Roxane L Gervais
    • 1
  • Prudence M. Millear
    • 2
  1. 1.Independent PractitionerGooleUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesUniversity of the Sunshine CoastMaroochydoreAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-31734-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-31736-6
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