ERIC Number: ED248032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Dec-30
Reference Count: 0
Working Parents Project. Annual Report.
Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
The major part of this report describes the method and findings of a study of work and family life in a sample of 30 Anglo-, Black-, and Mexican-American single-parent (divorced) families. A qualitative approach based on two semistructured interviews with each family was used to explore the effects of workplace policies and social support networks on the ability of single divorced mothers to become involved in the education of their elementary-age children. The families were recruited through their workplaces: the local phone company and several large banks. All the women worked in traditionally female, clerical, white-collar jobs that did not require more than a high school education. Findings concerned the following: mothers' involvement in the education of their children; divorced mothers' social support networks; mother-child relationships in single-parent families; and post-divorce family relationships. Additional goals of the Working Parents Project included networking and dissemination activities, which culminated in a regional mini-conference called "Strengthening Supports for Dual-earner and Single-parent Families." This conference gathered researchers, service providers, and advocates from a six-state region. The report includes a description of the conference proceedings and a summary of evaluation data collected from conference participants. Appended are interview schedules, coding categories, and other related matherials. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Anglo Americans, Blacks, Conferences, Divorce, Educational Experience, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Ethnic Groups, Information Dissemination, Interviews, Mexican Americans, Mothers, Networks, One Parent Family, Parent Participation, Policy, Questionnaires, Social Support Groups, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.