Date of Award

Fall 2007

Project Type


Program or Major

Family Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Michael Kalinowski


Although research studies are more likely now than in the past to include children and families of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds, no attempts have been made to examine the relationship between early maternal employment among Romanian mothers and their children's behavioral problems. Therefore, based on a sample drawn from a Romanian population, this thesis investigates whether maternal employment during the first year of the child's life is related to Romanian school-age children's behavioral problems, considering control variables like period of maternal employment, employment type, child care type, family income; child's age, maternal educational level, and family type. Findings illustrate that there is no statistically significant relationship between early maternal employment and children's later behavioral problems. It can be inferred that Romania's generous maternity leave policy has beneficial effects on children's behavioral problems, therefore, the effects found by studies conducted on American populations are not found in Romanian populations.