Thesis - University Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Human Development, Consumer and Family Sciences
This study examines the effectiveness of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for families with newborns or newly adopted children. Subjects are employees (and their partners) of Sioux Valley Health Systems in Sioux Falls, South Dakota who have utilized FMLA. Results indicate that women are more likely than men to take extended leave for this purpose. Also, new parents are likely to take more leave time when that leave is paid. Women return to work before they are ready, due to external pressure. However, many women report enjoying the mental stimulation provided in working. Men are comfortable returning to work if their partners stay home with the new child. The option of part-time work for new parents is explored.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
United States Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
Parental leave -- Law and legislation -- United States
Parents -- South Dakota -- Sioux Falls -- Decision making
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Venhuizen, Lynda, "Impact of the Family and Medical Leave Act on New Parents" (1998). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 430.