IMPACT OF MOTHER’S CAREER ON CHILD REARING AMONG WORKING MOTHERS IN NIGERIA

PROPOSAL

1.1 Background to the Study

Research suggests that many working women experience significant emotional distress during the child-rearing years. For example, epidemiological research has indicated that one in five women experience a depressive episode at some point in the lifespan (Goodman & Gotlib, 2002), and additional research suggests that child-rearing may pose unique challenges to women’s mental health. More studies point towards career having the potential to affect the adjustment and functioning of all family members, particularly children. Indeed, children who are exposed to the nature of their mothers’ work are at increased risk for the development of a wide range of adjustment problems, including externalizing behaviors and internalizing symptoms (Essien and Bassey, 2012). Given the high rate of maternal depressive due to their career as well as more general emotional distress in workplace, many children may thus be at risk for adjustment problems.

Career and child training are the two most important aspects in working mothers’ lives and, contrary to the initial belief that they are distinct parts of life, these domains are closely related (Ford, Heinen, & Langkamer, 2007). A significant amount of researches have concluded that working mothers face career-child rearing conflict (Ajiboye, 2008). Career-child rearing conflict is primarily caused by excessive work demands and predicts negative family outcomes in children, whereas family-work conflict is primarily determined by family demands and predicts negative work outcomes (Adebola, 2005). Important to this study is how career affect child rearing practices among working mothers in Nigeria.

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1.2 Statement of the Problem
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1.3 Research Questions

i. Is there any relationship between mothers’ career and child rearing?
ii. Is there any relationship between mothers’ career and psychosocial behavior in children?
iii. What effect does mothers’ career have on emotional adjustment of children?
iv. What effect does mothers’ career have on cognitive development of children?

1.4 Research Purpose

The general purpose of the present study is to investigate the relationship between career and child rearing practices among working mothers in South Senatorial District of Edo State. More specifically, the objectives of the study are to:
i. Investigate the relationship between mothers’ career and child rearing practices;
ii. Examine the relationship between mothers’ career and psychosocial behavior in children
iii. Analyse the direct effects of mothers’ career on emotional adjustment of children
iv. Analyse the direct effects of mothers’ career on cognitive development of children

1.5 Research Hypotheses

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1.6 Significance of the Study
It is hoped that this study will provide information for working mothers, to reflect upon various factors that help them in achieving their goals as well as training their children. In so doing, they can investigate the possibility of introducing those factors to their families, which may consequently lead to enhancing their performance at the workplace and satisfaction from their home in the area of child-rearing practices.

In addition, the fact that this study is conducted among working mothers, it shares quite a lot of similarities with many other counterparts. In this connection, this study provides a valuable reference for other families to reflect upon the career-child rearing conflicts and how they can manage effectively and efficiently, the issues associated with role conflicts.

1.7 Scope of the Study
This research work focuses on the relationship between career and child rearing practices among working mothers in South Senatorial District of Edo State. Using randomly selected 717 working parents in South Senatorial District of Edo State.

1.8 Limitation of the Study
Apart from time-frame and shortage of finance, the major limitation to this research is the inability of the researcher to cover the total population in state area as the topic suggests.

1.9 Definition of Terms 

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