ERIC Number: ED117592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Educated American Mothers Abroad: Resolving Parent/Work Role Conflicts.
Kaplan, Alexandra G.; Niss, Martha L.
Twenty-five well-educated American mothers living abroad were interviewed to assess the relationship of their various home/career patterns to their overall emotional adjustment. The primary areas investigated as to their impact on adjustment levels included whether or not the women were working, whether or not they were satisfied with their working or nonworking status, and the nature and extent of support they received from husbands, domestic help, and governmental agencies. Findings from open-ended, semistructured interviews suggested that satisfaction with one's home/career patterns was a necessary prerequisite to healthy emotional adjustment. All the women rated poorly adjusted (N=10) were not working, and were highly dissatisfied with this state of affairs (International Casualties). Those rated well-adjusted were either working and happy to be doing so (Happily Working Mothers, N=9) or not working, but by conscious choice (Satisfied Mothers, N=6). The extent to which the husband actively participated in family life, the amount of household help, and the presence of supplementary income were not as critical to women's satisfaction as was the freedom to actively structure their lives in a fashion consistent with their sense of self. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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