Mothers' employment, parental involvement, and the implications for intermediate child outcomes

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Cathleen D. Zick, Keith Bryant, Eva Östervacka
Publication year: 2001
Journal: Social Science Research
Journal acronym: SOC SCI RES
Volume number: 30
Issue number: 1
Start page: 25
End page: 49
Number of pages: 25
ISSN: 0049-089X


Data from me National Survey of Families and Households are used to investigate how married mothers' work patterns affect the frequency of potentially human capital enriching parent-child activities and. in turn, if these parent-child activities and work patterns are related to children's subsequent behavior and academic achievements. The analyses suggest that both parents in employed-mother households engage in reading/homework activities with their children more frequently than do parents in households where the mother is not employed. Increases in the frequency of reading/homework activities and playing/project activities are found to be related to fewer behavioral problems and higher grades. At the same time, the direct effect of a mother's employment during the preschool years generally has no effect on intermediate child outcomes. (C) 2001 Academic Press.


child outcomes, mothers' employment, parental involvement, parent-child time

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