ERIC Number: ED113483
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of Occupational Shift on Family Life Style. Final Report.
Garrett, Aline M.
The report describes a research project which investigated the impact of change on new employees, their families, and the community when a new type of industry locates in a small semi-rural Louisiana community. The subjects of the research were 218 women (144 black and 74 white) employed in the new clothing manufacturing industry and in three traditional jobs in the community (unskilled factory work, domestic work, and teaching). Personal interviews were used to ascertain the background, evaluation of work situation, and the effect of employment on such areas as childcare patterns, child development, leisure time for the family, social life activities with other workers, and family planning for the subjects. In addition, results on the Metropolitan Achievement Tests were used to assess the academic performance of the children of the subjects. In general, few findings were related to length of employment (one year vs. three years) in the new industry. Although racial factors affected some results, the families of both black and white workers were satisfied with the workers' jobs, and their children showed improvement in reading and mathematics over a one-year period. Two appendixes include the interview questionnaire and the Occupational Level Rating Scale used to determine workers' socioeconomic status. (JR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette.
Identifiers - Location: Louisiana