Child’s Behavioral Problems in Relation to Early Maternal Employment
1Mai A. Alshaibani, Saddiga Al-Ghalib
This study aimed to explore child’s behavioral problems in relation to early maternal employment. The focus of this study was to examine if there is a correlation between mothers who returned to work place in the first 3 years of child’s life and the behavioral problems that occur in those children when they are 4 to 7 years old. Research tool used was a two part questionnaire. First part was to obtain demographic information on the 82 participants. Second part was the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), a behavioral screening questionnaire that consisted of 25 questions under 5 scales. The participants in this study were 82 mothers living in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The results were analyzed manually using the statistical analysis program SPSS. The result showed that when their child's age was less than 12 months, 61 % of mothers returned to work. In addition, the results showed no correlation between early maternal employment and behavioral difficulties.
Children, working mothers, behavior, problems, maternal employment