HomeIAMURE International Journal of Social Sciencesvol. 2 no. 1 (2012)

Mothers' Perception on the Impact of Employment on their Children: Working and Non-working Mothers

A.m. Sultana | Zanariah Noor

Discipline: Social Science



Recently the number of working mothers with young children is increasing. The increasing trend of working mothers’ participation in the labour force poses challenges in families especially in the developing countries. One of these challenges concerns in managing household as well as their profession, as mothers’ employment has a significant impact on children well-being. Previous research on the impact of mother’s employment on children has been found both positive and negative influence on the well-being of the family. The present study attempts to examine mothers’ perception on the impact of their children academic, intellectual and cognitive development. The research is based on primary information and data collection. In this research a survey to working and nonworking mothers was made in the selected study areas. A total of 140 respondents were considered in this study. Both qualitative and quantitative methods were employed in this research. Together with examining both working and nonworking mothers ‘perception the results show that although there are negative impacts of mothers’ employment on children, working mothers are able to contribute to children development compare to non-working mothers. The study found that mothers’ intellectual and economic resources contribute to children academic and cognitive development.