Mothers’ time and relationship with their adolescent children: The intersecting influence of family structure and maternal labor force participation

Citation

Lemmon, Megan; Patterson, Sarah E.; & Martin, Molly A. (2018). Mothers’ time and relationship with their adolescent children: The intersecting influence of family structure and maternal labor force participation. Journal of Family Issues. vol. 39 (9) pp. 2709-2731

Abstract

We investigate whether the anticipated risks of increasing maternal work hours for mother–adolescent relationships differ across family structures: Do intensive mothering norms exacerbate these risks particularly for mothers in two-parent biological families or does their partners’ greater involvement significantly mitigate these risks? We predict mothers’ accessible time, engaged time, and the quality of their relationship with their adolescent children using the National Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. Although the association between mothers’ labor force participation and mothers’ accessible time is significantly weaker in stepfather families relative to two-parent biological families, family structure does not moderate the associations between mothers’ labor force participation and mother’s engaged time or the quality of her relationship with her adolescent. We conclude that mothers face strong normative pressure to privilege their relationship with their child even in the face of long work hours and weaker family support.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177%2F0192513x18756929

Keyword(s)

adolescents family processes mother–child relationship work and family step-families single parents

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Journal of Family Issues

Author(s)

Lemmon, Megan
Patterson, Sarah E.
Martin, Molly A.

Year Published

2018

Volume Number

39

Issue Number

9

Pages

2709-2731

Edition

February 28, 2018

DOI

10.1177/0192513x18756929

Reference ID

8414