Faculty Publications

Title

Employment decisions made by mothers of infants

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Psychology of Women Quarterly

Volume

9

Issue

3

First Page

383

Last Page

402

Abstract

This study was designed to contribute to our understanding of employment-related behavior in women with infants by assessing how individual characteristics and perceptions of infant needs are associated with decisions about employment. Utilizing a longitudinal approach, data were collected on 172 mothers at infant birth and at 3, 8, and 12 months of infant's age. Four study groups were formed, based on mothers’ early plans to work and actual work status later in the infant's first year. Groups were compared, and findings about decisions to work or stay home were interpreted in light of maternal demographic and personality attributes, and maternal perceptions of infant needs and characteristics. © 1985, Society for the Psychology of Women. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1985

DOI of published version

10.1111/j.1471-6402.1985.tb00888.x

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