Mothers' child caregiving and employment commitments and choices in the context of rural poverty

Kathy L. Reschke, Susan K. Walker

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Abstract

This qualitative study explored the work and child caregiving commitments and choices of 69 women with options limited by poverty and rural living. Four groups of women with distinct patterns of commitment to working and child caregiving varied in the ways in which they achieved caregiving-work arrangements that were congruent with these commitments. Mothers who were constrained not only by economic and geographic limitations but also by multiple personal challenges emerged as particularly distressed. Variations in caregiving and work commitments call for variation in family and employment supports; implications for social work policy and services are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)306-319
Number of pages14
JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006

Keywords

  • Low-income women
  • Maternal roles
  • Rural women
  • Work-life balance

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