Successful Return to Work After Maternity Leave: Self-Regulatory and Contextual Influences

Bettina S. Wiese, Heike Heidemeier

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18 Citations (Scopus)


Women's return to work after maternity leave represents an important developmental transition. Intentional self-regulation can help women successfully master this transition. In a longitudinal study with three waves of measurement waves (5, 11, and 24 weeks after re-entry; N = 267), self-efficacy beliefs and self-regulatory strategies (selection, optimization, compensation; SOC) predicted better work adjustment over time. Most importantly, contextual characteristics interacted with intentional self-regulation: for mothers who worked only a very small number of hours, who had many family obligations and who reported high levels of stress at work, it was particularly adaptive to make use of self-regulatory strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-336
Number of pages20
JournalResearch in Human Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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