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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 3480
Professor
Noreen Stuckless
Semester
Winter

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March 3 Lecture Continue of motherhood Experiences and realities of first time parents. study on becoming a parents ­ participants ­ 1st time mothers and fathers ­ well­educated ­ avrg age was the mid­thirties ­ urban centre ­ pre­natal classes Findings ­ predictors of parental stress include ­ gender: mothers generally scored higher on prenatal stress index ­ men worried more about “realistic” things, example: sleep, no time with  wife ­ women worried about loving the child, connection, ect. ­ strongest predictor of stress:  ­whether or not there was experience with  newborns ­ difficulties with getting & staying pregnant ­ support from families & friends ____________________________________________ Women & Men & Work * article Issues in the workplace ­ women and men’s salaries and homemakers ­ what jobs are never done by women? ­ sperm donor lol ­ what types of jobs do men and women do? ­ men: “body required type of job” ­ women: “nurturing jobs in the past mostly” ­ teacher ­ nurse ­ children’s books: ­ changing? not so much ­ boys= more adventurous ­ girls= doing things in a nurturing way ­ songs? Issues in the workplace:  “if they aren’t paid, is it still work?” ­ contradictions of the homemaker role ­ “homemaker works full time in an unpaid job that is low in status, especially in  comparison to the idealized image of the ‘career woman’… p. 394 ­ who does the housework? ­ is it shared? ­ although gender changes have been seen, housework and child related  care  still is largely the responsibility of women (york longitudinal study) ­ study by Blair & Lichter ­ women do more housework ­ more psychologically stressful ­ when women work outside the house ­ proportion of total work done by men increases because women  are doing  less because of work time ­ only more done by the men otherwise when egalitarian views are  shared ­ is housework easy? ­ what do you think is the comparison in hours spent in housework  now as  opposed to 1990? same* ­ is housework trivial? ­ homemaking ranked at the same level of complexity and skill as a  parking  lot attendant ­ devaluation also evident at the societal level ­ not listed as an occupational title ­ monetary value not computed into the gross national product ­ what do women think? ­ worth? job description? ­ over $100,000 ­ concerns about not bringing in income ­ but­ also freedom to make own schedules­pursue other  interests­care  for family The two­person career ­ women or men’s unpaid work benefits their partner’s career development (most often  the female partner performs the unpaid work but it can be the male parter at times ­ situations where wives are unofficial (and often unacknowledged) contributors  to  their husband’s work ­ corporate wives (occasionally husbands) ­ politicians wives ­ types of responsibilities
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