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Table 2 Overview of the results. Main and sub-categories

From: Do work- and home-related demands and resources differ between women and men during return-to-work? A focus group study among employees with common mental disorders

Home-related demands and resourcesa
Not on sick leave for home-related demands a
• E.g. women felt responsible for their homes, feelings of guilt; men described fewer obstacles to lowering demands on household work, less feelings of guilt
Feeling responsible for relationships and the well-being of othersa
• E.g. women took care of others and managed a web of relationships; men felt supported in taking care of social relations to support RTW
An affected economya
• Economically strenuous circumstances evoked feelings of shame and regret among men; women did not mention such aspects
Finding energizing activities and creating routines a
• Women were helped by close friends who provided valuable support in initiating outings; men did not mention such aspects
Work-related demands and resourcesa
Encountering tough emotions and an over-bearing feeling of responsibility at worka
• E.g. women within the social and health care sectors questioned their capabilities in dealing with the responsibility of their clients and the tough emotional demands when back at work; a few men worked within this sector and did not discuss such aspects as extensively
Continued work-related demands create un-certainty about the futurea
• Women felt that they were the main problem; men held managers responsible but felt resigned when no change happened
Loss of boundaries a
• Men described aspects of being at loss of boundaries at work
(Desired) support from managers and colleagues
Internal demands and resourcesa
• E.g. women blamed themselves and doubted their capabilities; men felt they failed to live up to demands of a “strong worker”, feelings of shame
Demands and resources linked to involved actors
  1. aDifferences emerged between women and men, with examples in bullet points