Donna S. Lero

Donna S. Lero
University of Guelph | UOGuelph · Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Donna S. Lero is Professor Emerita and the inaugural Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work at the University of Guelph, where she co-founded the Centre for Families, Work and Well-Being. Donna does research in Social Policy, Work and Family, and Caregiving. Her current projects focus on employed caregivers, parental leave policy, and disability and employment, as well as the 'Inclusive Early Childhood Service System project (IECSS)'.
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September 2003 - present
University of Guelph
Position
  • Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work
September 1974 - present
University of Guelph
Position
  • Professor

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Publications (62)
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To inform the development of an inclusive national child care system for all families and children, we examine the institutional interactions of 127 Canadian families with disabled children. Our analysis demonstrates that families participated in numerous early-years services, but 79.5% experienced exclusion. Using an institutional ethnography lens...
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In this paper we summarize the results of a ten-country study that explored the role of culture in the work-family (W-F) interface, and we use the results to suggest relevant work-family interventions for organizations. Some of the study’s findings supported previous research and are applicable worldwide while other findings regarding employees’ ex...
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Objective: We estimate the potential cost-benefit of a caregiver-friendly workplace policies (CFWPs) educational intervention to facilitate uptake of supports for carer-employees (CEs) at a post-secondary institution. Methods: We identified CEs through a voluntary survey and estimated the economic burden of caregiving activities from the CEs' an...
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A substantial body of research documents the impact of informal care on adult caregivers’ wellbeing, but little is known of the experiences of young carers who attend postsecondary schools in Canada. Despite the estimated 1.25 million young people ages 15–24 assuming caregiving roles in Canada, young carers are a hidden and largely unsupported demo...
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The purpose of this study was to extend work-family research to the school-family context by adapting Carlson and colleagues' Work-Family Conflict and Enrichment scales. Using two samples of student parents primarily from Canadian universities, the adapted scales were assessed for reliability, construct validity, and factor structure. The measures...
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The purpose of this study was to extend work–family research to the school–family context by adapting Carlson and colleagues’ Work–Family Conflict and Enrichment scales. Using two samples of student parents primarily from Canadian universities, the adapted scales were assessed for reliability, construct validity, and factor structure. The measures...
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As mental health (MH) care has shifted from institutional settings to the community, families and friends are responsible for providing the majority of the care at home. The substantial literature on the adverse effects experienced by caregivers has focused mainly on psychological morbidity. Less attention has been paid to how caregivers for person...
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Background The unpaid care provided by informal caregivers allows care recipients to live longer in their homes, which often results in fewer unnecessary long term care home (LTCH) admissions. Although the relationship between care recipient’s health characteristics and institutionalization is well known, the influence of caregiver distress and car...
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div class="page" title="Page 1"> Evidence suggests that the introduction of full-day kindergarten (FDK) in Ontario poses challenges to the child care sector; however, there is a dearth of information on the unique struggles faced by the rural child care sector as a result of the implementation of FDK. Furthermore, little is known about survival st...
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Background Current Canadian evidence illustrating the health benefits and cost-effectiveness of caregiver-friendly workplace policies is needed if Canadian employers are to adopt and integrate caregiver-friendly workplace policies into their employment practices. The goal of this three-year, three study research project is to provide such evidence...
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Background Parenting programs integrating general parenting and health behaviour messaging may be an effective childhood obesity prevention strategy. The current study explored workplaces as an alternate setting to deliver parenting programs. Methods This study involved two phases. The objective of the first phase was to explore interest in and pre...
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This study examined how polychronicity, or the preference to do several things concurrently, was related to work and family overload, work–family conflict, and outcomes in the work, family, and life domains (i.e. turnover intent, family, and life satisfaction). Using conservation of resources theory as a framework, polychronicity was conceptualized...
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This study explored the factors that motivate student parents to pursue post-secondary education. Student parents at four Canadian universities (n=398) completed open-ended questions on their reasons for attending school in an online survey. Using Possible Selves Theory as a lens, we conducted a directed content analysis and found that student pare...
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This study examines factors associated with work–life fit and sense of geographic community as mediators of the negative association between caregiving demands and well-being among employed informal caregivers. Data were drawn from a larger project assessing well-being among residents of three mid-size cities in Ontario, Canada. A subsample was sel...
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The current research examines leisure facility use as a moderator of the negative association of caregiving demands with wellbeing among informal caregivers. In accordance with the leisure constraints model, the study also explores the role of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and structural factors that may constrain or facilitate caregivers' use of l...
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Combining care work and paid work is the norm for many employed Canadians, with caregivers making up 30% of the workforce. In fact, there are over 5.6 million employed caregivers aged 19-70 in Canada, and most work full-time. Understanding how caregiving threatens caregivers' employment and economic security and escalates employers' costs related t...
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Student parents (i.e. students who have their own dependent children) are a specific subpopulation of adult learners. This study investigated the impact of self-efficacy beliefs on student parents’ perceived capacity to manage multiple roles and their satisfaction with family, school and life. Survey data collected from 398 student parents enroled...
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study of the W-F interface • Team of indigenous researchers that operates by consensus • No umbrella funding • Theory-driven selection of countries • Data from: – qualitative focus groups – quantitative survey – social policy analysis Focus groups-online or in person • Identified emic issues and formed the basis for the selection of measures • Same...
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A systematic scoping review was conducted to evaluate the current state of knowledge of the economic costs incurred by family caregivers to adults with long-term health problems or disabilities. A narrative synthesis of 126 articles published since 1999 was undertaken to develop a taxonomy of the economic costs experienced by these caregivers. Thre...
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This study explores how men and women who are self-employed and have children living at home construct work–life balance. Guided by the concept of work–life fit, in-depth interviews were conducted with 22 parents who were self-employed and had at least one dependent child. Using thematic analysis, the first theme, ‘in control,’ related primarily to...
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In this project we evaluate the current state of knowledge of the economic costs to family/ friend caregivers and to employers of caregivers to adults with long-term health problems or disabilities. A systematic scoping review was used to examine the extent, range and nature of research pertaining to these economic costs and to explore major influe...
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Student parents are a significant minority population on Canadian post-secondary campuses. As research exploring this population has been ex-tremely limited to date, this study provides the first national profile of Canadian student parents. We explore student parent enrolment patterns over time and examine current demographic characteristics. The...
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Grounded in social exchange theory and symbolic interactionism, this study examines the decision-making processes, as well as perceived costs and benefits to Canadian dual-earner couples working complementary shifts to manage work and care responsibilities. Qualitative data from 12 dyads and one individual were used to explore the meanings and prio...
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Lawyers are increasingly females, with women having gained a major entry in this profession and outnumbering males in legal studies and new rights have been put forward in some countries, such as parental leaves. Thus, the modalities by which lawyers use, or forgo, these new rights, in particular concerning parental leaves that can be shared betwee...
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This chapter summarizes current knowledge about many aspects related to combining paid work and family responsibilities—a field of research and policy analysis that is rich in its scope and complexity and that is expanding very rapidly. The goal in this chapter is three-fold. First, it identifies the importance of recognizing a wide range of assump...
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This chapter explains public discourse about the challenges and the importance of integrating work and family life and how these have expanded and attained a degree of visibility that is hard to ignore. The work–family or work–life interface itself reflects the variety of experiences, constraints, supports, and opportunities that individuals and gr...
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Research on the interface between work and family has undergone tremendous growth in the last 35 years. In today's industrialized societies, the majority of parents work full-time while raising their children and balancing personal, relationship, and family needs, while managing household upkeep, and maintaining work responsibilities. People feel o...
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This chapter describes the development of a new major in Adult Development, Families, and Well-Being in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition.
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This study of 231 regulated family child care providers proposed a theoretical model to explore the effects on quality of: (1) provider level of general education; (2) provider degree of intentionality; (3) provider training and experience in family child care; (4) provider use of support services; and (5) provider work environment. Hierarchical li...
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This paper reports on the design, methodology, and results of a study of quality in 326 classrooms in 239 Canadian child care centers. This study, the largest and most extensive ever undertaken in Canada, used the Caregiver Interaction Scale (CIS) to rate the adult–child interactions in the classrooms and the Infant–Toddler Environment Rating Scale...
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This article describes the theoretical framework and rationale that underlie a large-scale international study of the work-family interface. This research study utilizes a multi-level, theoretically based approach. It is being undertaken by a collaborative, multicultural team composed of indigenous researchers from countries that were selected base...
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Based on the premise that Canada needs to collect, collate, analyze, and disseminate reliable data on early childhood education and care (ECEC) programs that are comparable across provinces/territories and that good data are fundamental for informing policy, research, and service delivery, the National Data Project was funded in 2000-2001 to produc...
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The issue of integrating work and family responsibilities has been the subject of federal, provincial, and territorial policy planning and several task forces in Canada. This report plus executive summary, designed to inform the dialogue and stimulate continued discussion, brings together a wide variety of work-life facts and figures related to cha...
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A nutrition education program was developed for Canadian informal (unlicensed) child caregivers and offered both by mail and as workshops. The main goals were to (1) improve menu planning skills and (2) increase self-efficacy for planning healthy menus and dealing with problem eating behaviors. Preprogram measures were completed by 73 participants;...
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Canadian experts in diverse fields as well as people concerned about social justice and cohesion have identified quality child care as a crucial component in addressing a variety of broad societal goals. This study explored the relationships between child care center quality and: center characteristics; teaching staff wages and working conditions;...
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Two studies determined nutrition practices of informal child caregivers and assessed the feasibility of providing a public-health nutrition-education program for these caregivers. Responses quantified interest in nutrition and feeding topics and preferred formats and times for such a program. (DLH)
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The relationships between locus of control, self-esteem, and attitudes to contraception and contraceptive behaviors were assessed for 486 single women of ages 13 to 20, attending 10 birth control centers in Southern Ontario, Canada. The Ss voluntarily filled out a questionnaire, and the data were measured with the Fatalism scale of Reid and Ware's...
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University of Guelph, CANADÁ (Publicado on-line, em inglês, em fevereiro 2003) (Publicado on-line, em português, em março 2012) Tema Licença parental Introdução e relevância da questão As políticas de licença maternidade e licença parental datam de mais de 100 anos, e atualmente são instrumentos consolidados de políticas em mais de 120 nações. Tipi...

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Projects (2)
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Cross cultural collaborative research on the cultural, social and organizational policy underpinnings of the work-family interface
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The Inclusive Early Childhood Service System (IECSS) Project is a qualitative longitudinal study. The project aims to understand disability in early childhood from the perspective of families during major policy change. The experiences of children with disabilities can help better understand the system – for all children and families. The project focuses on the viewpoint of families and children experiencing disability in order to ensure that theory, policy and practice are designed for them from the outset.