2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Working Women: Social and Emotional Strain in Relation to Child Care Selection and Household Duties
Mona K. Baucom
Dr. Amber Johnson and Dr. Elaine McDuff, Faculty Mentors

Women have played a dynamic role in the economy over the last 50 years ,which has lead us to rethink our ideas about who is responsible for household duties and especially child care. Working women have less time to care for children and perform household duties, leaving spouses and other care providers responsible for picking up the slack. Yet today's mothers remain under pressure to make sure that their child care provider is suitable for their child. The high costs of day care and lack of daily mother-child interactions strain family budgets and mothers' emotional well-being, both of which can put strain on a marriage. This review of literature seeks to learn how much the lack of daily interaction and strain on emotional well-being really is affecting women and whether employers can reduce this stress by instituting more family-friendly policies, such as providing day care or flexible work schedules.

Keywords: Working Mothers, Child Care , Economic strain

Topic(s):Sociology/Anthropology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 35-4
Location: VH 1424
Time: 2:00

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