The role conflict of working mothers : identity, coping and satisfaction with life

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Whelan, Deborah
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The objective of this study was to explore the determinants that work-family roles can have on working mothers’ identity, satisfaction with life and coping. This research was a quantitative cross sectional design. It is a Correlational descriptive non experimental in nature. 106 females (N=106) responded to online questionnaires. The study strongly supported the hypotheses that work-family roles have an influence on the working mothers’ self-perception across the life span and the domains in which she is engaged in. Significant correlations were found that part time employees have higher self-efficacy, and family-work and work-family support. Neither full time nor part time working mothers felt they had the support where work interferes with family life. The age group of 25-34 years have less coping skills than any other age group. This age group are unhappier compared to other age groups, and are slightly satisfied with life. Professional working mothers have most competency correlate significantly with the self-perception profile, scoring 11 out of 12 of the domains. These findings add new knowledge the area work-family roles of women and can improve future understanding the area of the life span theory and social cognitive theory.