Date of Award:


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Degree Name:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Human Development and Family Studies

Department name when degree awarded

Family, Consumer, and Human Development

Committee Chair(s)

Joan McFadden


Joan McFadden


The purpose of this study was to assess the relationships between family/home satisfaction and job satisfaction of single working mothers with at least one child under the age of 18 living at home. The principal objectives were to identify the stressful situations in the lives of working single mothers and the factors that contributed to home satisfaction and work satisfaction. Data were gathered by survey questionnaire from single working mothers presently living in Iron County, Utah. Factor analysis was used to reduce data into home satisfaction and work satisfaction factors that were analyzed by multiple regression to determine the variance they explain. Stepwise multiple regression identified 1) family interaction, 2) income, housing, and health, and 3) family diet and money management as the home and family factors that predict satisfaction with home life. This multiple regression identified 1) family interaction, 2) time commitments, 3) income, housing, and health, 4) family and community support, and 5) family diet and money management as the home and family factors that can predict satisfaction with work. The work factors that can predict home life satisfaction were found to be 1) work schedule, 2) work environment, and 3 ) salary and advancement. Work factors that predict satisfaction with work were 1) breaks and control, 2) schedule and salary, and 3) commuting and friends at work. Working single mothers identified single parenting, financial problems, major changes in work or family, and problems with children as the situations causing stress in their lives. A statistically significant relationship was found with income and 1) education, 2) perception of enough income, 3) satisfaction with home life, and 4) work satisfaction.



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