Maternal Employment and the Transition to Parenthood

  • Margaret Tresch Owen
  • Martha J. Cox
Part of the Springer Studies in Work and Industry book series (SSWI)


Scientific interest in maternal employment has focused predominantly on its impact on children. Past reviews have emphasized, however, that few consistent differences in children have been directly attributable to maternal employment (Bronfenbrenner & Crouter, 1982; Hoffman, 1980; Lamb, 1982; Rutter, 1981). Although some might conclude that a mother’s employment status has little relevance to the child’s development, others call these views premature (see, in particular, Belsky & Isabella, 1987; Rutter, 1981) and point to the relative lack of study of maternal employment effects on infants and toddlers. At the same time, it is noted that it is mothers of infants and toddlers who as a group have shown the most dramatic increase in employment rates, a fact that has stimulated many new research efforts (Hoffman, 1984).


Employment Status Insecure Attachment Maternal Employment Strange Situation Personal Adjustment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret Tresch Owen
    • 1
  • Martha J. Cox
    • 1
  1. 1.Timberlawn Psychiatric Research FoundationDallasUSA

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