dc.contributor.advisor Goedeke, Sonja
dc.contributor.advisor Payne, Deborah
dc.contributor.author Walker, Serena Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-28T20:41:14Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-28T20:41:14Z
dc.date.copyright 2011
dc.date.created 2011
dc.date.issued 2012-11-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10292/4788
dc.description.abstract The use of fertility treatments, including in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) has increased significantly in the past three decades (Wang, Chambers, Dieng, & Sullivan, 2009) as has the proportion of women in the workforce (Statistics New Zealand, 2006). Psychological implications have been associated with fertility treatments, including psychological distress, depression, and identity issues (Ulrich & Weatherall, 2000). Research has alluded to the challenge for women combining fertility treatment and paid employment. However, no targeted research has focused specifically on this. Using a narrative approach informed by a social constructionist and third-wave feminist lens, this study sought to explore how combining fertility treatment and paid employment was experienced by women. Employing a narrative perspective defined as holistic-content (Lieblich, Tuval-Mashiach, & Zilber, 1998), individual narratives were analysed for unique themes and motivations. Final analysis was undertaken with a thematic narrative analytical approach (Riessman, 2008). Themes such as private versus public narratives, failing as a woman and related identity challenges were observed. It is hoped that the findings discussed could assist mental health practitioners in supporting this cohort and may offer insights into appropriate work-place policy development. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en en_NZ
dc.publisher Auckland University of Technology
dc.subject Narrative research en_NZ
dc.subject IVF treatment en_NZ
dc.subject Psychology en_NZ
dc.subject Working mothers en_NZ
dc.title The experience of combining fertility treatment and paid employment: women’s narratives en_NZ
dc.type Thesis
thesis.degree.grantor Auckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.level Masters Dissertations
thesis.degree.name Master of Health Science en_NZ
dc.rights.accessrights OpenAccess
dc.date.updated 2012-11-28T04:32:35Z

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