Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 231–244 | Cite as

The timing of motherhood: The challenge to social workers

  • Carolyn Ambler Walter


The timing of the first birth has become a critical issue, to be addressed by the social work profession. This paper suggests that women who have timed the birth of their first child at two different stages in adulthood have responded to the challenges of motherhood in divergent ways. In order to work as effectively as possible with mothers and children, social workers need to understand these differences related to the timing of motherhood.


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© Human Sciences Press 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carolyn Ambler Walter
    • 1
  1. 1.Social Work ProgramWidener UniversityChester

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