Timing of motherhood and mothers’ employment and child outcomes
Hansen, Kirstine, Hawkes, Denise and Joshi, Heather (2009) Timing of motherhood and mothers’ employment and child outcomes. In: Kneale, Dylan, Coast, Ernestina and Stillwell, John, (eds.) Fertility, Living Arrangements and Care and Mobility: Understanding Population Trends and Processes. Understanding Population Trends and Processes, 1 . Springer, Heidelberg, London, New York, pp. 59-80. ISBN 978-1-4020-9681-5 (Print), 978-1-4020-9682-2 (e-book) (doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-9682-2)Full text not available from this repository.
The last decades of the twentieth century have witnessed, as part of the second demographic transition affecting most industrial countries (Van der Kaa, 1987), two features of particular interest here - a delay in entry to motherhood and an increased chance of women being employed even after they have children. In Britain, these trends have not been experienced uniformly accross the social spectrum. The research reported in this chapter, attempts to establish links between these two phenomena, to quantify the extent of social differentials (in the timing of first motherhood and maternal employment) and to investigate their impact on the development of children.
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