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Gradual return to work: The antecedents and consequences of switching to part -time work after first childbirth


2000 2000

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Abstract (summary)

For many workers, the birth of a child marks the beginning of their work-family concerns. Part-time work is often believed to be a solution to these concerns by child development experts, policy-makers, those in the media, and by parents. Yet, little is known whether switching from full-time to part-time work after the birth of a first child actually helps a first-time mother better manage her work and family life. Data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth was analyzed to uncover the conditions that allow a woman to return gradually to work. Additional survey and interview data were collected in the Chicago metropolitan area to see if a gradual return to work would decrease work-family conflict and/or increase work-family satisfaction compared to mothers who continued to work full-time. Results show that mothers who worked full-time before childbirth were more likely to switch to part-time work if they did not work in goods producing industries, were well-educated, were living with their spouse during the year of childbirth, and held traditional attitudes about women's roles at work and at home. While a gradual return did appear to help mothers to some degree, it did not appear to be a major factor in determining work-family conflict and work-family satisfaction. What appeared to matter was whether mothers were working hours that were close to what they perceived as ideal, were working a schedule they felt was accommodating to their families, and were satisfied with their jobs.

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Subject
Families & family life;
Personal relationships;
Sociology;
Social psychology;
Management;
Womens studies;
Part time employment;
Working mothers
Classification
0628: Families & family life
0628: Personal relationships
0628: Sociology
0451: Social psychology
0454: Management
0453: Womens studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Psychology; Childbirth; Part-time; Return to work; Transition to parenthood; Work
Title
Gradual return to work: The antecedents and consequences of switching to part -time work after first childbirth
Author
Kim, Stacy S.
Number of pages
119
Publication year
2000
Degree date
2000
School code
0175
Source
DAI-A 61/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599701205, 059970120X
Advisor
Goodman, Joan F.
University/institution
University of Pennsylvania
University location
United States -- Pennsylvania
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9965505
ProQuest document ID
304634325
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304634325
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