COVID-19’s silver linings : exploring the impacts of work–family enrichment for married working mothers during and after the COVID-19 partial lockdown in Ghana

Kwaku ABREFA BUSIA*, Francis ARTHUR-HOLMES, Annie Hau Nung CHAN

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Recent scholarship suggests that women have disproportionately been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic amidst lockdowns and school closures which have altogether increased women’s caregiving burden, unpaid housework and stress levels. Notwithstanding its negative impacts, this article argues that the lockdowns and school closures related to COVID-19 also had beneficial outcomes for some working mothers who had to combine work and family roles. Drawing from qualitative interviews with 39 married working mothers in both formal and informal employment, we find that these women during and after the partial lockdowns in urban Ghana, experienced various outcomes of work-to-family enrichment (increased time spent with family, self-rated improved sleep health, financial security), family-to-work enrichment (reduced family demands, improved work performance and output) and a mix of both (cultivation of life skills, greater personal satisfaction and happiness). Applying a role expansionist framework, we show the ‘positive side’ of the pandemic for married working mothers who had to juggle work and family demands.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1923-1945
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Family Studies
Volume29
Issue number4
Early online date23 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Bibliographical note

This work was supported by Research Grants Council, University Grants Committee: [grant number PF18-27289].

The authors are grateful to the editors and the anonymous reviewers for providing helpful comments and suggestions, which substantially improved the paper.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • lockdowns
  • pandemics
  • work-family enrichment
  • work-family intersections
  • working mothers
  • Ghana
  • work–family enrichment
  • Ghana‌
  • work–family intersections

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