ERIC Number: ED248956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Work and Family Life among Anglo, Black and Mexican American Single-Parent Families. Executive Summary of the 1983 Annual Report.
Espinoza, Renato; And Others
The focus of the Working Parents Project (WPP) has been on how families adapt and function in relation to workplace policies, with particular attention given to the participation of parents in contexts of child care and socialization, including education-related activities. This report builds on previous data from the WPP by expanding the sample of dual-earner families to include 30 single-working-mother families. Research with this sample focused on processes linking workplace policies and the social supports available to the single mothers. Data were collected from Anglo, Black, and Mexican American single-parent (divorced) families through in-depth and structured interviews concerning family demographics, work history, and information about characteristics of the mothers' jobs. Findings are reported under the following headings: (1) involvement in schools; (2) family types, focusing on authoritative, inadequate, no control, and dependent mothers; (3) family type and school involvement; (4) fathers' involvement; (5) ethnic differences; (6) mother-child relationships; (7) support networks; and (8) dual-earner and single-parent families. The study recommends that employer assistance programs be expanded to include some services related to the mental and financial health of workers and their families, e.g., on-site education and training activities such as stress management, parenting education and financial counseling. (AS)
Descriptors: Anglo Americans, Blacks, Employed Parents, Employer Employee Relationship, Ethnic Studies, Family Characteristics, Family Life, Family School Relationship, Interviews, Mexican Americans, Mother Attitudes, Mothers, One Parent Family, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Social Support Groups, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Identifiers: Working Parents Project