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2013 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III

Maternal Employment, Work Benefits & Adolsecent Emotional Outcomes

As the demands of employment are extending beyond traditional definitions and the prevalence of single mothers within the workforce is increasing, current research has found that parental employment may be linked to some negative child outcomes (Han & Waldfogel, 2007; Miller & Han, 2008; Han, Miller & Waldfogel, 2010). Parents facing work-life strain may be engaging in negative parenting practice that can have a profound impact on child development. As current employment policy has yet to catch up with these demographic shifts, this paper seeks to demonstrate that employer benefits may mitigate, if found, the negative influence of parental work on child emotional health. A multiple linear regression model will be used to assess the potential connection between the number of maternal employer benefits and the behavioral and emotional problems scale within the initial round of the National Youth Longitudinal Study from 1997. Implications for the role of workplace policy on parent and child well being will be discussed.

Presenter: Margaret Williams (New York University) --
Topic: Social Work - Panel
Location: 30 Hartwell
Time: 2:15 pm (Session III)