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Mothers at Work
Effects on Children's Well-Being

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Emotional Development

  • Date Published: February 2011
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  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511891236

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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.

    • Hoffman is considered outstanding authority on the topic
    • Reports results of a new study which answers key questions and examines influence of socio-economic conditions, ethnicity, etc.
    • Complete and accurate coverage of research and theory on maternal employment and its effects on children
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    "This well-designed and rigorously executed study makes an important contribution to our understanding of these complex issues." J Hum Lact 16

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511891236
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 56 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction and review of the literature
    2. Methodology
    3. Children's daily lives: the after-school day interview
    4. The husband-wife relationship
    5. The mother's well-being
    6. Childrearing
    7. Maternal employment and child outcomes: the direct relationships
    8. The father's role, gender attitudes, and academic outcomes
    9. The mother's well-being and child outcomes
    10. Childrearing patterns and child outcomes
    11. Nonmaternal care and supervision: prevalence and effects of child-care arrangement on child well-being
    12. Summary and overview.

  • Authors

    Lois Hoffman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Lisa Youngblade, University of Florida

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