ERIC Number: ED181271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Changes in the Work Attachment of Married Women, 1966-1976.
Shaw, Lois B.
A study was conducted to (1) determine trends in the percentages of women who resume paid employment on a regular basis, work only from time to time, or remain out of the labor market entirely and (2) investigate the causes for the increased work attachment of married women. Data is based on the work histories of mature women obtained from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience for the ten years from 1966 to 1976. The data suggests that it is becoming increasingly uncommon for a woman to remain a full-time housewife throughout child-rearing years. Slightly over one-third of married women work continuously during this time and the percentage is gradually increasing. Less than fifteen percent of black married women were outside the labor market continuously during the most recent five-year period reported. For white women, changing family composition and changing attitudes toward women's roles were the most important factors contributing to the trend toward greater work attachment. (LRA)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Employed Women, Family Life, Females, Labor Force, Labor Force Nonparticipants, Labor Market, Marriage, National Surveys, Racial Differences, Trend Analysis, Womens History, Work Attitudes
Center for Human Resource Research, College of Administrative Science, The Ohio State University, 5701 N. High Street, Worthington, OH 43085 ($0.80)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Human Resource Research.