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Information Sciences Letters

Information Sciences Letters

Abstract

The study aimed to identify the negative aspects or impact of mothers working outside the home over extensive periods on the behavioral counseling of their children. The study was done from the point of view of working mothers in the United Arab Emirates (Al-Ain region). The study utilized an analytically descriptive method to achieve its goals on an intended sample that consisted of (314) working mothers via a questionnaire consisting of (30) items. The tool was applied after it exhibited acceptable validity and reliability; the data was processed using arithmetic means, standard deviations and statistical tests appropriate to the study questions and their variables. The negative effects of mothers working for long periods outside the home that resulted in a need for behavioral remediation for their children came to a moderate degree on the scale. The results of the study also showed that there were statistically significant differences between the average answers of the study sample owing to the variable differences of age, educational qualification, private/public sector type, monthly income, and number of children in the family. There were no statistically significant differences in regards due to the disadvantages of being a working mother and its effect on the need for behavioral counseling of children due to the total number of daily working hours. Based on the results, the study recommends the necessity of adopting social policies that would provide more time for the working mother to care for her children in all sectors, provided that they are officially legislated policies.

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