Mental health and well-being of women who work and women who do not work in Ireland

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Bryant, Penny
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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Aim: Research indicates along with financial reward, employment provides latent benefits, with loss of these benefits contributing to reduced mental health and well-being. In Ireland, statistics show a labour force gap up to 16.4% for women. This study researched the relationship between mental health and well-being in relation to employment status and women. Method: Qualitative research via semi-structured interviews was undertaken with seven women, four who worked and three who did not work. Results: Six themes emerged: family culture; women as carers; social connection; life balance and well-being, self-fulfilment, economic/financial factors. Extra themes for women who worked included: work environment/framework and social commentary/perception. An additional theme for women who do not work included entering back into the workforce. Implications of this study include the impact of women as carers, and how access to flexible work conditions may assist with the well-being of women in Ireland.