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Factors Influencing the Planning Undertaken by Women During Pregnancy for their Return to Work After Maternity Leave

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 February 2012

Melissa Coulson
Affiliation:
School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University, Australia.
Helen Skouteris*
Affiliation:
School of Psychology, Deakin University, Australia. helen.skouteris@deakin.edu.au
Jeannette Milgrom
Affiliation:
School of Behavioural Science, The University of Melbourne, Australia.
Andrew Noblet
Affiliation:
Deakin Business School, Deakin University, Australia.
Cheryl Dissanayake
Affiliation:
School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University, Australia.
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*address for correspondence: Dr Helen Skouteris, Senior Research Fellow, School of Psychology, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood VIC 3125, Australia.
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Abstract

The planning women (N = 199) do during pregnancy for their return to work post birth and the factors that influence employment planning during late pregnancy were investigated in this study. The findings revealed three components of planning: Planning for Childcare, Planning with Partner, and Planning with Employer. Several factors emerged as consistent cross-sectional predictors of these components (work satisfaction, hours worked before commencing maternity leave, anticipated weeks of maternity leave and anticipated hours per week on the return to work). Anticipated support from family and friends, and from the workplace also predicted Planning with Partner and Planning with Employer, respectively. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

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