Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 63–72 | Cite as

The Relationship of Pregnancy Status to Job Satisfaction: An Exploratory Analysis

  • Theresa J. BrownEmail author
  • Kristie Ferrara
  • Nicole Schley


Forty-three women who had worked outside of the home prior to becoming pregnant and had returned to the same place of employment after the birth of their children participated in the study. To do so, they responded to a two-part questionnaire asking about their work lives (e.g., level of job satisfaction before, during, and after their pregnancies) and demographic characteristics (e.g., occupation). The results indicated that their job satisfaction was significantly greater before their pregnancies than either during or after their pregnancies. Job satisfaction during pregnancy had a significant, positive correlation with satisfaction with organizational maternity leave policies. Perceived reactions from women's coworkers and supervisors were also examined. Implications for these findings for organizations are discussed. Limitations of the study, and how they might be rectified in future research, are also addressed.

job satisfaction pregnancy status maternity leave policies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theresa J. Brown
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kristie Ferrara
    • 2
  • Nicole Schley
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGeorgian Court CollegeLakewood
  2. 2.Georgian Court CollegeUSA

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