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ERIC Number: EJ1141179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0894-8453
To Work or Not to Work? Mothers of Children with ADHD
O'Brien, Karen M.; Sauber, Elizabeth; Merson, Erica S.; Chronis-Tuscano, Andrea
Journal of Career Development, v44 n3 p239-250 Jun 2017
Mothers of children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder were studied with regard to employment status, workplace characteristics, and depressive symptoms. Self-complexity theory proposes that complex self-representations buffer against depression; however, maternal employment may challenge mothers' ability to attend to the many needs of their children. Findings from our cross-sectional study of 176 mothers revealed that employed mothers reported fewer depressive symptoms than unemployed mothers and those employed part time, providing support for the self-complexity buffering hypothesis. Furthermore, low levels of parenting stress were associated with fewer depressive symptoms. Implications are provided for career counseling and future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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