Association between pregnant women’s experience of stress and partners’ fly-in-fly-out work

JournalWomen and Birth
AuthorsDawson Cooke, Garth Kendall, Jianghong Li, Michael Dockery
PublishedOctober 2018
Number of Pages9

It is relatively common in Western Australia for men to commute long distances and work away from home for extended periods of time, often referred to as fly-in-fly-out work. Women are particularly susceptible to the effects of stress during pregnancy, and the absence of a partner due to working away could be an additional risk to their wellbeing. While there is little published fly-in-fly-out literature, there is evidence that working non-standard hours, more generally, has a negative impact on health and well-being of workers and their families.

After controlling for a range of variables, women’s stress was significantly associated (< .05) with their partners working fly-in-fly-out. Neither women’s education, partners’ occupation nor an interaction between partners’ fly-in-fly-out work and partners’ occupation were significantly associated with women’s stress.