Nonstandard Work Schedules and Child Development

Rachel E. Dunifon, Kathleen M. Ziol-Guest and Ariel Kalil

in The Oxford Handbook of Poverty and Child Development

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199769100
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Nonstandard Work Schedules and Child Development

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This chapter examines the state of the literature, and provides new evidence, on the association between maternal nonstandard work and child well-being. At a time in which the vast majority of mothers are employed, understanding the ways in which aspects of their employment are associated with family functioning and the well-being of their children is of paramount importance. A burgeoning body of research has begun to understand the associations between maternal nonstandard work and child adjustment. In this chapter we review the state of this research. We also motivate and present a model describing the potential linkages between maternal nonstandard work and child well-being, drawing on the perspectives of developmental psychology, sociology, and economics. We also describe how these associations may differ for less economically advantaged children. Finally, we present results of our own analyses testing aspects of this model.

Keywords: child well-being; developmental psychology; economics; family functioning; maternal employment; nonstandard work; sociology

Article.  12697 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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