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Mothers at Work : Effects on Children's Well-Being - Lois Hoffman

Mothers at Work

Effects on Children's Well-Being

Paperback Published: 29th November 1999
ISBN: 9780521668965
Number Of Pages: 352

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There is perhaps no greater controversy resulting from womens' increasing autonomy than the debate over the effects of a mother's employment on family life and children's well-being. This important volume starts with a thorough review of previous research on this topic and then reports the results of a study designed to answer the key questions that emerge. The study focuses on 448 families with an elementary school child, living in an industrialized city in the Midwest. They include both one-parent and two-parent families, African Americans and Whites, and a broad range of economic circumstances. Extensive data have been obtained from mothers, fathers, children, teachers, classroom peers, and school records. The analysis reported reveals how the mother's employment status affects the father's role, the mother's sense of well-being, and child rearing patterns and how these, in turn, affect the child. The book provides an intimate picture of urban life and how families cope with mothers' employment.

'... a well-written and detailed study ... a refreshing look at maternal employment.' The Psychologist

Introduction and review of the literature
Children's daily lives: the after-school day interview
The husband-wife relationship
The mother's well-being
Maternal employment and child outcomes: the direct relationships
The father's role, gender attitudes, and academic outcomes
The mother's well-being and child outcomes
Childrearing patterns and child outcomes
Nonmaternal care and supervision: prevalence and effects of child-care arrangement on child well-being
Summary and overview
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ISBN: 9780521668965
ISBN-10: 0521668964
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Emotional Development
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 29th November 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.19  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.46