Title

Pursuing multiple callings : the implications of balancing career and motherhood for women and the church

Publication Date

Fall 2008

Abstract

Investigators have uncovered several benefits of assuming the multiple roles of career and motherhood. Despite many positive outcomes, additional studies have demonstrated potential for negative outcomes. Mediators and moderators of employed mothers' experiences include work- family fit, womanhood ideologies, role quality, and spousal support. Spirituality, through viewing one's roles as callings, has also been suggested as a potential mediator/moderator. With many Christian mothers pursuing careers they perceive as spiritual callings, the church can play an important role in helping women embrace their callings and reap benefits in the form of well-being. Church communities that acknowledge the possibility of multiple callings for women, ask for input from female congregants, and actively implement expressions of support are proposed as potential ways to help.

Keywords

Women--Religious aspects--Christianity; Motherhood;

Publication Title

Journal of Psychology & Christianity

Volume

27

Issue

3

First Page

227

Last Page

237

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