Portland State University. Department of Psychology
Cathleen L. Smith
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology
1 online resource (102 p.)
Working mothers -- Family relationships, Older women -- Employment -- Family relationships, Adult children -- Family relationships
The effects of maternal employment on the young child have been examined for over 50 years. This research focuses on perceived maternal employment effects at a later point in the family life cycle: when mother is older and children are grown. Thirty-two poverty level women aged 56-83 (M=66.4 years) and their adult sons (n=l 6) and daughters (n= 16) were independently interviewed. All of the older women were paid workers or "stipended volunteers" who were employed part time (20 hours a week) in child care, clerical, or other service jobs. They had a variety of work histories; all were widowed or divorced.
Nelson, Christine B., "When older mothers work : adult children's perceptions of maternal employment effects Christine B. Nelson" (1990). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 4110.