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Working life, health and well-being of parents: a joint effort to uncover hidden treasures in European birth cohorts

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  • 2021

Objective Birth cohorts collect valuable and under-utilized information on employment and health of parents before and during pregnancy, at birth, and sometimes after birth. In this discussion paper, we examine how these data could be exploited to study the complex relationships and interactions between parenthood, work, and health among parents themselves. Methods Using a web-based database of birth cohorts, we summarize information on maternal employment and health conditions and other potentially related variables in cohorts spread throughout Europe. This provided information on what data are available and could be used in future studies, and what was missing if specific questions are to be addressed, exploiting the opportunity to explore work–health associations across heterogenous geographical and social contexts. Results We highlight the many potentialities provided by birth cohorts and identify gaps that need to be addressed to adopt a life-course approach and investigate topics specific to the peri-pregnancy period, such as psychosocial aspects. We address the technical difficulties implied by data harmonization and the ethical challenges related to the repurposing of data, and provide scientific, ecological and economic arguments in favor of improving the value of data already available as a result of a serious investment in human and material resources....

Ubalde-Lopez, Monica; Garani-Papadatos, Tina; Scelo, Ghislaine; Casas, Maribel; Lisåker, Claudia; Peters, Susan; Nohr, Ellen Aagaard; Albin, Maria; Lucas, Raquel; Papantoniou, Kyriaki; Polańska, Kinga; Ramlau-Hansen, Cecilia H.; Šarac, Jelena; Selander, Jenny; Skröder, Helena; Vasileiou, Elena; Kogevinas, Manolis; Bültmann, Ute; Mehlum, Ingrid Sivesind; Maule, Milena
Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health 47(7): 550–560
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