ERIC Number: ED418349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-15
Day Care and Maternal Employment in 1990's Introductory Psychology Textbooks.
Etaugh, Claire; Cohen, Joseph; Hill, Myra
One of the most striking societal changes in recent years is the increasing participation of mothers in the labor force. Since college-educated mothers are especially likely to work, a potentially important source of information about the effects of maternal employment is the introductory psychology course. To study the features of mothers in the work place, 28 introductory psychology texts, published from 1992-1997, were analyzed for inclusion and treatment of the effects of day care and maternal employment on children. Two-thirds of the books mentioned these topics, compared with only half of textbooks published from 1981 to 1990. Although texts published from 1992 to 1997 devoted more attention to these topics than did earlier books, coverage still remained limited. Only nine references were cited by four or more texts. The latter texts were less likely than earlier ones to express positive news about day care and maternal employment and were more likely to present evenly balanced views. More recent texts focused less on whether day care/maternal employment is "good" or "bad," and more on the variables that mediate the effects of maternal employment and day care. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (105th, Chicago, IL, August 15-19, 1997).