, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 97–110 | Cite as

Stress and role satisfaction experienced by employed and nonemployed mothers with young children

  • Susan B. Crockenberg


The associations between employment status, role choice, social support, stressful events, and mothers' experiences of stress and role satisfaction were investigated. Interviews and questionnaires were used to obtain information from 105 mothers with two-year-old children. Role choice, social support, and stressful events each predicted the amount of stress mothers experienced in their lives, although not all did so independently. Employment status, role choice, and social support predicted role satisfaction.

Key words

Maternal Employment Social Support Role Satisfaction Stress Unemployment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan B. Crockenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaDavis

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