The role of parental work schedule in CPS involvement

Wen-Jui Han, Chien Chung Huang, Margaret Williams

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    Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 2904), we investigated whether maternal work schedules were associated with Child Protective Services (CPS) involvement and child maltreatment indicators during the first five years of a child's life. We further examined if this association could be explained by demographic characteristics, child care arrangements, maternal health and social supports, economic and hardship characteristics, and parenting practices. Finally, we examined if this association differed by context (i.e., maternal marital status, maternal education, and family income-to-needs ratio). Our regression results indicate significant associations between maternal shift work and mother-reported CPS involvement and mother-reported psychological aggression behaviors. Economic and hardship characteristics explained some of the significant association between maternal shift work and CPS involvement. Economic and hardship characteristics and parenting practices also explained some of the significant association between maternal shift work and psychological aggression behaviors. The obtained significant associations were more pronounced for mothers who were not married, who were high school graduates, and whose family income was either below or near poverty. We discuss the broader social factors associated with employment demands and childcare arrangements.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)837-847
    Number of pages11
    JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
    Volume35
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - May 1 2013

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    Appointments and Schedules
    Mothers
    shift work
    family income
    aggression
    Economics
    Parenting
    Aggression
    economics
    school graduate
    maltreatment
    marital status
    child care
    Psychology
    social factors
    Child Protective Services
    social support
    Child Abuse
    Marital Status
    poverty

    Keywords

    • Child neglect
    • CPS involvement
    • CTSPC
    • FFCW
    • Nonstandard work schedules
    • Shift work

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education
    • Developmental and Educational Psychology
    • Sociology and Political Science

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    The role of parental work schedule in CPS involvement. / Han, Wen-Jui; Huang, Chien Chung; Williams, Margaret.

    In: Children and Youth Services Review, Vol. 35, No. 5, 01.05.2013, p. 837-847.

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    Han, Wen-Jui ; Huang, Chien Chung ; Williams, Margaret. / The role of parental work schedule in CPS involvement. In: Children and Youth Services Review. 2013 ; Vol. 35, No. 5. pp. 837-847.
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