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Working and Caring for a Child with Chronic Illness

Disconnected and Doing It All


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. A Problem in the Spotlight

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-14
    2. Margaret H. Vickers
      Pages 15-33
    3. Margaret H. Vickers
      Pages 34-57
  3. Acknowledging the Anguish

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Margaret H. Vickers
      Pages 61-80
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      Pages 81-105
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      Pages 106-128
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      Pages 129-147
  4. Enabling Survival

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. Margaret H. Vickers
      Pages 151-177
    3. Margaret H. Vickers
      Pages 178-190
  5. Epilogue: Creating a New Story?

    1. Margaret H. Vickers
      Pages 191-194
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 195-225

About this book


Using an innovative, action research approach, Vickers explores the lives of women who work full time while caring for a child with significant chronic illness or disability. She demonstrates that such women can be disconnected from those around them, unsupported and overwhelmed with responsibility at home and work.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Western SydneyAustralia

About the authors

MARGARET H. VICKERS is an Associate Professor with the School of Management, University of Western Sydney, Australia. She has extensive qualitative research experience, especially in the unexamined and traumatic experiences of individuals in the workplace in relation to illness and disability, bullying, and the impact of being made redundant. She is the author of Work and Unseen Chronic Illness: Silent Voices (2001).

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