Children's temperament and behavior problems predict their employed mothers' work functioning.

Numerous studies have been conducted on the impact of dual-earner parents' employment on their children, yet the reverse processFthe impact of children and their behavior on the work functioning of their parentsFhas been ignored. This study investigated spillover from the mother role to the work role in a sample of more than 300 families. At 4 months, 12 months, 3.5 years, and 4.5 years of age, child's difficult temperament was significantly associated with mother's work outcomes, including work role quality and rewards from combining work and family. The evidence was consistent with a structural model in which maternal sense of parenting competence and maternal depressed affect mediated these effects.

Main Author: Hyde, Janet.
Other Authors: Else-Quest, Nicole., Goldsmith, H., Biesanz, Jeremy.
Format: Villanova Faculty Authorship
Language: English
Published: 2004
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