ERIC Number: EJ929157
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Parental Strains and Rewards among Mothers: The Role of Education
Nomaguchi, Kei M.; Brown, Susan L.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v73 n3 p621-636 Jun 2011
Using data from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (N = 1,198), this study examines the associations between education and parental strains and rewards among mothers of young children. Findings indicate that a college degree or more is related to less parenting anxiety, but more role captivity, and less new life meaning from parenting than lower levels of education. Differences by education are partly explained by variation in levels of progressive parenting values and work commitment, but remain significant. These patterns indicate that education provides greater resources that ease parental anxiety, but also leads to greater perceived demands of having a successful career, which contribute to more role captivity and less new life meaning from parenting.
Descriptors: Mothers, Parent Attitudes, Role of Education, Child Rearing, Rewards, Anxiety, Correlation, Educational Attainment, Young Children, Higher Education, Parent Role, Values, Work Attitudes, Careers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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