ERIC Number: ED257582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Maternal Attitudes toward Mother-Child Separation: Working and Nonworking Mothers of School-Age Children.
Koplik, Elissa K.; Fisher, Celia B.
Exploring possible similarities and differences between mothers who work outside the home and mothers who do not, this study provides a preliminary investigation of maternal reactions to mother-child separation when children have reached school age. A total of 41 women working outside the home and 48 mothers staying at home responded to a 10-question survey about their stress at separation from their children. Participants were mothers of prekindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade children attending a New York City Public Elementary School. Mothers working outside the home described themselves as more career-oriented and more anxious over separation from their children than did mothers not working outside the home. However, in general, certain salient relationships among the variables described the attitudes of both groups. One conclusion, consistent with previous research on maternal employment, is that maternal separation attitudes are determined by multiple factors and cannot be explained by working status alone. (A list of survey questions is appended.) (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 25-28, 1985).