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  1. Working parents : What factors are involved in their ability to take time off from work when their children are sick ?

    Article - En anglais

    Background 

    A series of studies has demonstrated that sick children fare better when their parents are present.

    Objective 

    To examine working conditions that determine whether parents can spend time with and become involved in the care of their children when they are sick.

    Design 

    Survey with a multivariate analysis of factors influencing parental care of sick children.

    Participants 

    Mixed-income urban working parents aged 26 to 29 years participating in the Baltimore Parenthood Study.

    Results 

    Only 42% of working parents in our sample cared for their young children when they became sick.

    A multivariate logistic regression analysis was conducted to predict which parents stayed at home when their children were sick.

    Those parents who had either paid sick or vacation leave were 5.2 times as likely to care for their children themselves when they were sick.

    Of parents with less than a high school education, 17% received paid leave, compared with 57% of parents with a general equivalency diploma, 76% of parents with a high school diploma, and 92% of parents with more than a high school education (P<. 001).

    Conclusions 

    The finding that many parents were unable to care for their sick children themselves is important for pediatric care.

    While low-income children are more likely to face marked health problems and to be in need of parental care, they are more likely to live in households in which parents lack paid leave and cannot afford to take unpaid leave.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Maladie, Enfant, Homme, Nourrisson, Activité professionnelle, Parent, Soin, Absentéisme, A domicile, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Statut socioéconomique, Arrêt travail

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Disease, Child, Human, Infant, Professional activity, Parent, Care, Absenteeism, At home, United States, North America, America, Socioeconomic status

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0465265

    Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 22/03/2000.