Maternal Employment and Child Outcomes


  • Jacqueline Lerner

Document type: Encyclopedia Entry

Appears in: Work and Family Encyclopedia

Year: 2001


  • Children
  • Mothers/Motherhood
  • Parenting


  • Education


Maternal employment refers to the labor force affiliation of mothers with children 0-18 years. The term, “maternal employment” includes a wide variety of labor force participation patterns, from full-time work to part-time work, and including contract work as well as working out of the home. It is important to recognize that mother’s work situation can change across her child’s developing years (e.g., changing from full-time to part-time during specific years).

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