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