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Parent-child communication about work : linkages with children's perceptions of parental employment and children's educational and occupational aspirations

by Winkelman, Sara L.

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by Sara L. Winkelman, M. A. Washington State University May 2006 Chair: Matthew F. Bumpus Research on work and family has generally found support for the notion that parental employment has an impact on children's outcomes. Evidence points to parental employment as one factor that may contribute to children's educational success, which serves as one predictor of children's educational aspirations. Little attention has been paid, however, to the specific processes by which children learn about the world of employment. The present study attempted to address this limitation by examining the linkages between of parental self-disclosure about work and children's educational and occupational aspirations. This relationship was hypothesized to be mediated by children's knowledge of their parents' work characteristics and work emotions. Trained interviewers administered surveys during home interviews to 106 children in grades three through six and their parents. The study found that fathers' selfdisclosure about work was related to children's knowledge and aspirations, associations that were not evident for mothers. Fathers' self-disclosure about work may be more significant to children due to fathers' work circumstances playing a more central role in the family. The mediational hypothesis was not completely supported, but the present study showed that children may respond to fathers' self-disclosure about work differently than to mothers' self-disclosure. iv
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School:Washington State University

School Location:USA - Washington

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:work and family children of working parents perception in

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