The Digital Lives of Student Mothers: A Consideration of Technologies that Support or Erode the Student/Parent Boundary

Lisa Thomas, Catherine V. Talbot, Pam Briggs

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Abstract

A growing body of work explores the well-being of students. However, little work has addressed the experiences of student mothers, who must juggle the demands of study and childcare simultaneously. The rise of the student mother is taking place at a time when student learning and engagement as well as childcare has become highly digitised. Existing literature on work/life balance suggests a key issue for student mothers is management of the work-family border, such that they can choose to segregate or blend roles as appropriate. In this study, we used work-family border theory to examine the role that technology plays in supporting both the segregation and blending of student and parent roles, making recommendations for the ways that boundary maintenance might be more explicitly considered in digital systems design.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Human-Computer Studies
Early online date7 Jul 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 7 Jul 2021

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