Chapter 26. The Unpaid Workload: Gender Discrimination in Conceptualisation and its Impact on Maternal Wellbeing

  1. Prabha S. Chandra1,
  2. Helen Herrman2,3,
  3. Jane Fisher4,5,
  4. Marianne Kastrup6,
  5. Unaiza Niaz7,8,
  6. Marta B. Rondón9 and
  7. Ahmed Okasha10
  1. Jane Fisher4,5

Published Online: 18 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470746738.ch26

Contemporary Topics in Women's Mental Health: Global perspectives in a changing society

Contemporary Topics in Women's Mental Health: Global perspectives in a changing society

How to Cite

Fisher, J. (2009) The Unpaid Workload: Gender Discrimination in Conceptualisation and its Impact on Maternal Wellbeing, in Contemporary Topics in Women's Mental Health: Global perspectives in a changing society (eds P. S. Chandra, H. Herrman, J. Fisher, M. Kastrup, U. Niaz, M. B. Rondón and A. Okasha), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470746738.ch26

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

  2. 2

    Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  3. 3

    WHO Collaborating Centre in Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 4

    Key Centre for Women's Health in Society, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  5. 5

    WHO Collaborating Centre in Women's Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  6. 6

    Transcultural Psychiatry, Psychiatric Department, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

  7. 7

    The Psychiatric Clinic & Stress Research Centre, Karachi, Pakistan

  8. 8

    The University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

  9. 9

    Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, Peru

  10. 10

    WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Research in Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Author Information

  1. 4

    Key Centre for Women's Health in Society, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  2. 5

    WHO Collaborating Centre in Women's Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 NOV 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470754115

Online ISBN: 9780470746738

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Keywords:

  • the unpaid workload - gender discrimination in conceptualisation and maternal wellbeing;
  • disproportionate share of unpaid workload of household tasks;
  • care of dependent children;
  • clinical considerations of maternal desire and work of motherhood - reflecting social conceptualisations;
  • disenfranchised grief and motherhood;
  • motherhood fantasies;
  • workload of motherhood;
  • occupational fatigue as maternal mood determinant;
  • Profile of Mood States (POMS);
  • honouring work of motherhood in practice and policy

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Maternal desire

  • Disenfranchised grief and motherhood

  • Fantasies of motherhood

  • Fantasies about the workload

  • Workload of motherhood

  • Occupational fatigue as a determinant of maternal mood?

  • Recognition and valuing of work and occupational satisfaction

  • Training and education for mothering

  • Presumptions about the contributions of others to the workload

  • Collegial relationships

  • Honouring the work of motherhood in practice and policy

  • Conclusion

  • References