ERIC Number: ED259292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Maternal Identity, Occupational Identity and Parental Awareness in Mothers.
James, Jacquelyn B.; Speisman, Joseph C.
The quality of parenting in dual career families has been the subject of much debate. To determine whether employed and non-employed mothers, varying in psychological identity status (parental and occupational), differ in the maturity of their perspectives on children and the parent role, 37 married women with children were interviewed. The interviews were conducted using the Parental Awareness Interview and a revised version of Marcia's (1966) semi-structured identity interview to determine occupational and parental identity. Data analyzed by one-way ANOVA's showed that there were no significant differences between the employed and non-employed groups in the parental identity, the occupational identity, or the parental awareness domains. The data presented suggest that without adequate replacement for a mother's nurturing, some mothers express conflict about developing an occupational identity. (KGB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Boston, MA, March 21-24, 1985).