Title

Breaking the mold : A qualitative exploration of mothers in Christian academia and their experiences of spousal support.

Publication Date

2-1-2006

Abstract

Women who have chosen to invest in multiple roles as wife, mother, and professional often experience difficulty in balancing these roles. However, research shows that spousal support for women investing in multiple roles can be an important factor in their experience of distress. The authors conduct qualitative interviews designed to gather experiential information with 30 women who are both faculty members at Christian universities around the country and mothers of children living in the home. Information on the participants’ relationships with their husbands and their experiences of spousal support, both practically and emotionally, are determined. Participants report that their spouses help them practically through child care, household chores, and availability in a crisis. Additionally, spouses help their wives through emotional support, including mutual respect, pride in their wives’ accomplishments, and interest in their wives’ work.

Keywords

Women in higher education; Child rearing; Working mothers

Publication Title

Journal of Family Issues

Volume

27

Issue

2

First Page

229

Last Page

251

DOI of Published Version

10.1177/0192513X05282189

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