Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 485–494 | Cite as

A three-stage process of reactions to change: Maternal employment and day care

  • Hyman Rodman


This article delineates a three-stage process of reactions to social and economic changes that threaten traditional values. In the first stage, public and professional reactions are predominantly negative; in the second stage, predominantly ambivalent; and in the third stage, predominantly accepting. This three-stage process is used to analyze the reactions to increases in maternal employment and day care. A key issue for future investigation is whether the same process represents a predictable sequence of reactions to other social and economic changes that threaten traditional values.

Key words

day care family change maternal employment reactions to change self-care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hyman Rodman
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Development and Family StudiesUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboro

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