Open Access Graduate Research Paper
In American society today, mothers are joining the employment forces for economic purposes, and because they feel a need to fulfill their personal potentials or gain self-actualization. The portrayals of employed mothers in children's fiction should reflect the trends of society, as well as provide appropriate role models for children. The purpose of this study was to determine how employed mothers are portrayed in children's fiction. The researcher analyzed eighteen books of children's fiction by means of a checklist in order to determine if the majority of employed mothers are 1) working for economic purposes rather than for purposes of self-actualization; 2) are the cause of stress and tension in the family because of the redistribution of roles and responsibilities, and 3) do not have healthy, growing, supportive relationships with their husbands. The results of this study include acceptance of Hypothesis 1, and the rejection of Hypotheses 2 and 3.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of Library Studies
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©1988 Karen Carstensen Appleton
Appleton, Karen Carstensen, "The portrayal of employed mothers in children's fiction" (1988). Graduate Research Papers. 1718.