Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name


Department (Legacy)

Division of Social Administration

Committee Chair

Cronin, John J.

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Davy, Leita

Committee Member

Cook, Gardner F.


Working mothers


What are the problems of working mothers was the question that was uppermost in our minds when we began our study of twenty-eight working mothers and their families. We felt that through examining data regarding ages, occupation, education, marital status, number of dependents, et cetera that we would be able to ascertain at once some of the difficulties these mothers were facing. We wanted to know how much of the financial burden the mother carried and whether she was showing any signs of strain because of her double duties of wage earner and housekeeper. What help did she have from other members of the family? How much time was necessary to perform the household tasks? What was left undone? What kind of care was she able to arrange for the children and was it adequate? We also wanted to learn something of the problems about which these mothers were worrying and whether or not they were connected with their employment. What did the casework consist of and was the mother satisfied with the plan made? Were community resources adequate? Was there further service that could be rendered to the client?