Chronic illness and women: a model of disclosure at work

Werth, Shalene (2010) Chronic illness and women: a model of disclosure at work. In: Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association (TASA 2010): Social Causes, Private Lives, 6-9 Dec 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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The paper examines the factors which form part of the decision process, undertaken by women with chronic illness, when considering the disclosure of information about their chronic illness in their workplace. A model is presented based on the individual's assessment of, the risks of disclosure, risks of non-disclosure and the influence of personal preferences for privacy or openness, which form the basis for decisions regarding disclosure. A number of factors are assessed by women when considering disclosure and these can be broadly grouped into: expected management and peer support, stigma associated with illness, severity or variability of illness, individual labour market power, institutionalised contingent flexibilities, institutionalised non-contingent flexibilities and outside influences such as caring responsibilities. The various aspects of this model and the relationship of each of these factors to the disclosure decision, will be assessed on the basis of the preliminary data drawn from a study on the workforce outcomes of women with chronic illness. The use of the model to interpret the qualitative data shows that disclosure decisions are influenced by a broad number of factors. Each of these factors need to be considered during in the process of evaluating the risk of disclosure or non-disclosure of a chronic illness in the work environment.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2011 06:41
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2017 04:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: chronic illness; employment; women; disclosure; disadvantage
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1599 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 159999 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services not elsewhere classified
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220104 Human Rights and Justice Issues
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940501 Employment Patterns and Change

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