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ERIC Number: ED474715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 18
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Young Adults' Perceptions of the Specific Costs and Benefits Associated with Maternal Employment.
Fleming, Hillary; Farrell, Debi; Fronheiser, April; DiBlasi, Paul; Fields, Susan; Eddy, Preethy; Denis, Lauren; Hemperly, Megan; Strauss, Aviva; Maggi, Leigh; Chambliss, Catherine
This study investigated the influence of maternal employment on perceptions of the specific costs and benefits to children associated with mothers working outside the home and professional ambition among young adults. A sample of 90 college students completed a survey including the Beliefs About the Consequences of Maternal Employment for Children (BACMEC). Results revealed that a history of maternal non-employment was associated with students' perceiving maternal employment as entailing greater costs to children. No group differences in perceived benefits associated with maternal employment were observed. Students whose mothers worked part-time during their infancy were least likely to support the notion that maternal employment increases children's risk of developing psychological problems or low self esteem. Analyses also revealed that students whose mothers did not work at all during their elementary school years perceived there as being greater risks associated with maternal employment, while those whose mothers were employed full-time during their elementary school years perceived the greatest advantages associated with maternal employment. Young adults whose mothers worked during their adolescence were more likely to believe that maternal employment increases sons' respect for women and that children whose mothers work are more likely to understand and appreciate the value of a dollar. Participants whose mothers worked part-time during their adolescence were more likely to feel that warm and secure relationships with mother are jeopardized by a mother's working, while children of full-time working mothers were least likely to believe this. (Contains 101 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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