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Fertility and Child Care Arrangements as Mechanisms of Status Articulation
Mary G. Powers and Joseph J. Salvo
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 44, No. 1 (Feb., 1982), pp. 21-34
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351260
Page Count: 14
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This paper examines the way in which the employment preferences and the child care arrangements of mothers of young children are related to their fertility expectations. The findings indicate that the future fertility expectations of a large sample of mothers of young children who were not in the labor force were significantly influenced by: (a) whether they wanted to be in the labor force, given adequate child care, and (b) by whether they currently used regular child care arrangements. These findings are interpreted as responses to conflict between familial and nonfamilial roles in accordance with a theoretical framework developed by Coser and Rokoff.
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