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CMI Afternoon Seminar Series "Parental nonstandard shifts in the United Kingdom"

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Starts: 15:00 21 November 2017
Ends: 16:15 21 November 2017
What is it: Seminar
Organiser: School of Social Sciences
Who is it for: University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public
Speaker: Dr. Afshin Zilanawala

Dr. Afshin Zilanawala, University College London

Title: Parental nonstandard shifts in the United Kingdom


Evening, night, and weekend work (hereafter referred to as nonstandard

work) are common in the 24/7 economy, but does this create new opportunities or new pressures for combining work with family life? In the UK, nearly 25% of employed mothers and 35% of employed fathers have nonstandard schedules. A growing body of research has pointed to the adverse impact of these schedules on child and parental health. However, the majority of this research has focused on the US context. Given that work-related stress, depression and anxiety accounted for 11.7 million working days lost in the UK in 2015-16, we need to gather more evidence on the implications of parents’ nonstandard work schedules on parents’ health, family life, and children’s health. In this presentation, I will present descriptive results on the prevalence of nonstandard shifts among mothers and fathers in the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). Second, I will investigate the relationship between parental shift work and children’s BMI, and maternal shift work and breastfeeding behaviors. Third, I will discuss future research questions related to nonstandard shifts in the MCS.

Tea/coffee and cakes from 2.45.

All welcome. No registration necessary.

The Cathie Marsh Institute (CMI) provides a focal point at The University of Manchester for the application of quantitative methods in interdisciplinary social science research in order to generate a world class research environment.

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