The impact of maternal employment on infants’ social and emotional development

Mcgowan, Kelly (2016) The impact of maternal employment on infants’ social and emotional development. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation has explored the impact of maternal employment on infants' social and emotional development. Despite current labour and childcare trends, research indicates mothers are spending more time with their children. Notwithstanding the deficit in quantity of time employed mothers spend with their children, working mothers are able to reduce the shortfall of quality time by limiting non-structured activities, which better supports social and emotional development. There is little evidence to suggest maternal employment or childcare significantly hinders attachment security. However, factors relating to employment may increase the risk of lower maternal responsiveness and sensitivity. Yet maternal characteristics appear to be able to conciliate these factors.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Education and Childhood Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2016 11:28
    Last Modified: 03 Aug 2016 11:28
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21349

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