Research Perspectives on Work and the Transition to Motherhood

  • Christiane Spitzmueller
  • Russell A. Matthews

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Christiane Spitzmueller, Russell A. Matthews
    Pages 1-8
  3. Isaac E. Sabat, Alex P. Lindsey, Eden B. King, Kristen P. Jones
    Pages 9-31
  4. Tammy D. Allen, Kimberly A. French, Christina Barnett
    Pages 57-77
  5. Rachel C. E. Trump-Steele, Christine L. Nittrouer, Michelle R. Hebl, Leslie Ashburn-Nardo
    Pages 79-103
  6. Gwenith G. Fisher, Morgan A. Valley, Salla Toppinen-Tanner, Victoria P. Mattingly
    Pages 129-148
  7. Jing Zhang, Candice Thomas, Bobbie Dirr, Rissa Cone, Christiane Spitzmueller
    Pages 149-169
  8. Tomika W. Greer, Whitney Botsford Morgan
    Pages 199-216
  9. Rachel T. Hill, Candice Thomas, Lucy English, Kim Callaway
    Pages 241-265
  10. Jamie J. Ladge, Beth K. Humberd, Jeanne McNett
    Pages 267-285
  11. Christiane Spitzmueller, Russell A. Matthews
    Pages 287-294

About this book


This book examines the intricate challenges faced by women and families during the transition to motherhood. It presents unique theoretical and methodological approaches to studying women’s transition from being employees to working mothers. Its focus is on the impact of work on the transition to motherhood, and the impact of motherhood on women’s working arrangements, work attitudes, work experiences and perspectives. Special attention is given to intervention research that can enhance the health and well-being of mothers and employers as they reconcile demands of the family-work interface.

Integrating theoretical framework development and methodological considerations, this book provides an in-depth introduction to the topic. It brings together researchers and experts on the work-family interface, on workplace discrimination during pregnancy and early motherhood, and well-being.


Employment Discrimination FMLA and Return to Work after FMLA Maternity Leave Pregnancy Discrimination Retention of Top Talent Work-Family Interface

Editors and affiliations

  • Christiane Spitzmueller
    • 1
  • Russell A. Matthews
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyBowling Green State University Department of PsychologyBowling GreenUSA

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