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The Relationship Between Personal, Family, Resource and Work Factors and Maternal Employment in Australia


  • Edith Gray
  • Peter McDonald


The factors associated with mothers’ attachment to the labour force are of interest to social researchers and policy makers. Previous research conducted had found that factors such as mother’s education, number of children, partner’s employment and gender role attitudes were related to employment of mother’s. This paper adapts a theoretical model of the effect of family-household and work system factors on job turnover, to examine maternal employment in Australia using nationally representative longitudinal data. It is found that education, financial situation, the number of young children and attitudes are important factors in understanding maternal employment ... Les chercheurs sociaux et les décideurs politiques ont étudié les facteurs qui conditionnent les mères de famille sur le marché de l’emploi. Selon les premiers résultats, ces facteurs varient selon l’éducation de la mère, le nombre d’enfants, le travail du conjoint et les comportements sociaux. Ce document adapte un modèle théorique de l’effet famille-ménage et des facteurs de l’emploi sur la rotation de la main d’oeuvre pour examiner l’emploi des mères en Australie en utilisant des données nationales longitudinales représentatives. Il en ressort que l’éducation, la situation financière, le nombre d’enfants et les comportements sociaux sont des facteurs importants s’il on veut comprendre l’emploi maternel ...

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  • Edith Gray & Peter McDonald, 2002. "The Relationship Between Personal, Family, Resource and Work Factors and Maternal Employment in Australia," OECD Labour Market and Social Policy Occasional Papers 62, OECD Publishing.
  • Handle: RePEc:oec:elsaaa:62-en

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