Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

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



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In Copyright