Date of Award
Master of Public Policy and Management (PPM)
Public Policy and Management
Prof. Lisa Morris
special needs, stress, work-life balance, Muskie School of Public Service
This capstone addresses the work-‐life conflict facing employed caregiver parents with special needs children by 1) identifying what employed parents of children with disabilities need from their employer in order to achieve a work-‐life balance that improves economic security and emotional well-‐being, and 2) evaluating how well policies address those needs. An investigation of work-‐family conflict and stress among parents of special needs children is conducted by examining the current literature and conducting interviews with caregivers to explore their work-‐life balance needs. Policy recommendations are provided, based on an analysis of public and workplace policies currently in use and policy innovations recommended by policy scholars to improve work-‐life balance among employed caregiving parents.
Panella, Sara, "An Analysis of Employment Policies and their Effect on Work-Life Balance for Caregiving Parents of Children with Special Needs" (2013). Muskie School Capstones and Dissertations. 77.