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ERIC Number: ED309878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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Maternal Employment: Relations with Maternal Disciplinary Styles and Children's Peer Status.
Hart, Craig H.; And Others
This study investigated: (1) differences in disciplinary styles of full-time, part-time, and nonemployed mothers of older and younger children; and (2) interactive effects of maternal employment status and disciplinary styles on children's peer status. Participants were 144 mothers of 59 first graders and 85 fourth graders who responded to 6 hypothetical situations that would require them to discipline their child. Sociometric testing was conducted with the children. No differences in disciplinary styles were found to be functions of maternal employment status. Results indicated that mothers who were employed full-time tended to be more "power-assertive" with first-grade boys than were part-time and nonemployed mothers of first-grade boys. Maternal employment factors were not found to be directly related to children's peer status. These findings suggest that maternal employment factors may work in combination with disciplinary styles to produce differential effects for boys and girls. Full-time employed mothers who were more "power-assertive" tended to have boys who experienced more rejection by peers than boys of more "power-assertive" part-time and nonemployed mothers. Nonemployed mothers who were more "power-assertive" tended to have girls who experienced more rejection by their peers than girls of more "power-assertive" part-time and full-time employed mothers. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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