My research program examines women's and family's everyday health decision making within social institutional contexts of managing paid, family, and community work in diverse socioeconomic circumstances. This program is framed from a health promotion perspective informed by critical and feminist theory and concern for health equity. Understanding how women and families make health decisions in diverse situations is integral to health service/program development to provide better care and meaningful health promotion. The research program includes studies of diverse aspects of everyday family life including influences of social ideology on women’s health decision making, transition to first-time parenthood for men and women and intergenerational social support mobilization, transition to parenthood and social support among African refugees, men’s experiences as caregiver for a relative with dementia, support for smoking reduction or cessation as a health behaviour change challenge for women in low-income situations, and women’s social support use during a normative life transitions such as return to paid work and retirement.
Williamson DL, Skrypnek B, Kushner KE, Pitre NE. (2013-2018) Family Functioning in Everyday Life: The Experiences of Families with Young Children and Diverse Compositions and Ethno-Cultural Origins. Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council, $489,293.
Stewart MJ, Spitzer D, Shihza E, Kushner KE, Letourneau NL. (2011-2014). Social support intervention for Sudanese and Zimbabwean refugee new parents. Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council, $234,571.