This research was supported by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and by USDA Hatch Formula Funds Project 2365.
Mother's Time on Meal Preparation, Expenditures for Meals Away from Home, and Shared Meals: Effects of Mother's Employment And Age of Younger Child
Article first published online: 3 JUL 2009
1983 American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Home Economics Research Journal
Volume 12, Issue 2, pages 169–188, December 1983
How to Cite
Goebel, K. P. and Hennon, C. B. (1983), Mother's Time on Meal Preparation, Expenditures for Meals Away from Home, and Shared Meals: Effects of Mother's Employment And Age of Younger Child. Home Economics Research Journal, 12: 169–188. doi: 10.1177/1077727X8301200208
The authors would like to thank Nancy Hook, Geraldine Olson, and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful comments.
- Issue published online: 3 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 3 JUL 2009
- Received January 3, 1983; accepted August 19, 1983.
Family role theory is the framework used to guide this study of how mother's employment and age of younger child affects mother's time in meal preparation and cleanup, expenditures for meals away from home, and meals shared by the family both at home and away. Eleven null hypotheses are generated and tested using data from the 11 state urban/rural comparison of families' time use. Analysis of covariance (with total family income controlled) is the primary statistical tech nique employed. Results indicated that the time spent by mothers in meal prep aration/dishwashing varied by their employment, and age of the younger child. Expenditures for meals purchased away from home did not differ by the mother's employment status or age of the younger child. Meals eaten together as a family were not related to the mother's employment status in urban areas, but were related in rural areas. Where meals were eaten together varied by employment status of the mother and age of the younger child. Implications for home econ omists and suggestions for future research are presented.