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Mental healthcare use among single mothers and fathers: the role of work-family interface and social support

Elien Colman (UGent) , Sara Symoens (UGent) and Piet Bracke (UGent)
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We examine how the mental health care use of single divorcees, repartnered divorcees, and continuously married fathers and mothers is affected by work-family conflict and by the various dimensions of social support from family members and coworkers. We employ a subsample of working fathers (N = 847) and mothers (N = 1405) using data from the ‘Divorce in Flanders’ survey. Gender specific logistic regression analyses are performed, to identify the correlates of seeking help from a GP or psychiatrist because of social or emotional problems. Results show that although parents are more likely to consult a GP or psychiatrist if they experience more work-family conflict, the greater use of mental health care by divorced parents cannot be attributed to heightened combination pressure. Fathers who receive emotional support from coworkers, or no practical support from family, are more likely to seek mental health care, illustrating the importance of considering the content and source of support.

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Colman, Elien, Sara Symoens, and Piet Bracke. 2013. “Mental Healthcare Use Among Single Mothers and Fathers: The Role of Work-family Interface and Social Support.” In 11th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Abstract.
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Colman, Elien, Symoens, S., & Bracke, P. (2013). Mental healthcare use among single mothers and fathers: the role of work-family interface and social support. 11th conference of the European Sociological Association, Abstract. Presented at the 11th Conference of the European Sociological Association.
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Colman E, Symoens S, Bracke P. Mental healthcare use among single mothers and fathers: the role of work-family interface and social support. 11th conference of the European Sociological Association, Abstract. 2013.
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Colman, Elien, Sara Symoens, and Piet Bracke. “Mental Healthcare Use Among Single Mothers and Fathers: The Role of Work-family Interface and Social Support.” 11th Conference of the European Sociological Association, Abstract. 2013. Print.
@inproceedings{4127964,
  abstract     = {We examine how the mental health care use of single divorcees, repartnered divorcees, and continuously married fathers and mothers is affected by work-family conflict and by the various dimensions of social support from family members and coworkers. We employ a subsample of working fathers (N = 847) and mothers (N = 1405) using data from the {\textquoteleft}Divorce in Flanders{\textquoteright} survey. Gender specific logistic regression analyses are performed, to identify the correlates of seeking help from a GP or psychiatrist because of social or emotional problems. Results show that although parents are more likely to consult a GP or psychiatrist if they experience more work-family conflict, the greater use of mental health care by divorced parents cannot be attributed to heightened combination pressure. Fathers who receive emotional support from coworkers, or no practical support from family, are more likely to seek mental health care, illustrating the importance of considering the content and source of support.},
  author       = {Colman, Elien and Symoens, Sara and Bracke, Piet},
  booktitle    = {11th conference of the European Sociological Association, Abstract},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Turin, Italy},
  title        = {Mental healthcare use among single mothers and fathers: the role of work-family interface and social support},
  year         = {2013},
}