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ERIC Number: ED431536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Quality of Life of Children: The Combination of Gainful Employment and Family through the Eyes of Children.
Van den Bergh, Bea
On the premise that considering children's point of view when examining the relationship between work and family can provide crucial information for many fields, this study examined the nature and quality of living conditions and the competence of 9- to 12-year-olds. Participating in the questionnaire study was a representative random sample of 840 students, a subgroup from a sample survey of 6- to 12-year-olds from 68 primary schools in Belgium. For 546 of these children, the parents also completed questionnaires. About 95 percent of children lived in 2-parent families. In 67 percent of the families both parents were gainfully employed; in 23 percent only the father was employed. The findings indicated that approximately 80 percent of children were satisfied with their mothers' employment situation, 75 percent with their fathers' situation and 60 percent with both parents' situation. The child's gender had no influence on satisfaction with parents' employment situation. Parents underestimated the number of dissatisfied children by 5 to 10 percent. The prevailing reasons for children's satisfaction with regard to parents' employment were that the parent could earn money, that they are sufficiently at the child's disposal, and that the parents enjoyed their occupation. Children whose mothers were not employed were especially satisfied because their mothers were very often at home and could look after them. Children of employed parents especially wanted to see their parents more at home or remaining at home, and having more time. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium