Breaking the mold : A qualitative exploration of mothers in Christian academia and their experiences of spousal support.
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.
Women in higher education; Child rearing; Working mothers
Journal of Family Issues
DOI of Published Version
Anderson, Tamara Lynn and Hall, M. Elizabeth Lewis, "Breaking the mold : A qualitative exploration of mothers in Christian academia and their experiences of spousal support." (2006). Faculty Articles & Research. 9.