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ERIC Number: ED472514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
The Relationship between Maternal Employment and Perceptions of Child, Spouse, and Self.
Baker, Kathleen; Beck, Carol Ann; Camp, Kate; Censullo, Eileen; Collins, Cheryl; Deitrick, Susan; Lu, Chris; Farrell, Debi; Chambliss, Catherine
A survey was administered to parents aged 30 to 70 years from 90 households. The instrument included items assessing the subject's perception of their child's self esteem and activities, their spouse's self esteem, and overall lifestyle satisfaction. The first 14 questions asked the subjects to describe their child's personality using a 4-point Likert-format scale. The next 13 items asked the participants to rate their reasons for encouraging their children to participate in various structured activities. The final 13 items asked the participants to rate their spouse's personality and esteem, as well as overall family functioning, using a f-point Likert-format scale. Two-parent families were then divided into two groups: working mother households and stay-at-home mother households. Between group t-tests revealed few significant differences between respondents from two-paycheck and one-paycheck households. However, children in stay-at-home households were perceived by their fathers as less disciplined than those in homes where mothers worked at least part-time outside of the home. Fathers in homes where mothers do not work outside the home were also found to be more likely to perceive their wives to be more manipulated by the children than fathers from two-paycheck families. Husbands whose wives were not employed also rated their children as being more anxious than fathers whose wives were employed. (Contains 15 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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