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ERIC Number: ED482761
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 25
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Single versus Dual Paycheck: Married Parents' Attitudes about Maternal Employment.
Ryckebusch, Jenna-Lyn; Miller, Heather; Fulmer, Kimberly; Fontanez, Mary; Ellis, Trisha; DiBlasi, Francis Paul; Carey, Brandi; Chambliss, Catherine
This study examines attitudes about maternal employment by comparing the responses of married parents from single versus two-paycheck families. Participants in this study were 138 mothers and 120 fathers given the Beliefs About the Consequences of Maternal Employment for Children Scale (BACMEC), which assesses views about maternal employment. Among the fathers surveyed, significant differences emerged in both the Cost and Benefits summary scales. Fathers from two-paycheck families perceived greater benefits associated with maternal employment than did fathers from single paycheck families. Fathers from two-paycheck families perceived fewer costs associated with maternal employment than did fathers from single paycheck families. Mothers' responses yielded a significant group difference on the benefits summary scale. Mothers from two-paycheck families perceived greater benefits associated with maternal employment than did mothers from single paycheck families. The results of the analysis indicate that participants' attitudes about maternal employment are generally congruent with their chosen lifestyles. In addition, on many of the BACMEC items, the responses from men whose wives did not work reflected the most negative attitudes about maternal employment. (Contains 49 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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