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ERIC Number: ED012345
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Jan-10
Pages: 77
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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A STUDY OF THE ASPIRATIONS OF MARRIED WOMEN COLLEGE GRADUATES.
LYON, RHEE
THE PURPOSES OF THIS STUDY WERE TO DETERMINE WHAT HAPPENS TO CAREER AMBITIONS AFTER THE COLLEGE GIRL MARRIES, WHETHER INTERESTS AND AMBITIONS CHANGE IN SPECIFIC DIRECTIONS DURING MARRIAGE, AND IN WHAT WAYS MARRIED WOMEN WITH CAREER AMBITIONS DIFFER FROM THOSE WITH NONE. RESPONDENTS TO A FORCED-CHOICE QUESTIONNAIRE WERE 310 MEMBERS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN 25 TO 45 YEARS OF AGE. THEY WERE CLASSIFIED BY ONE OF FIVE CAREER INTEREST CATEGORIES--NEGATIVE WORKERS, POSITIVE WORKERS, CAREER-ORIENTED HOUSEWIVES, SATISFIED HOUSEWIVES, AND AMBIVALENT HOUSEWIVES. THESE CATEGORIES WERE CONSTRUCTED FROM ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS CONCERNING CURRENT WORK STATUS, IMPORTANCE OF CAREER, STATUS SEEN AS MOST SATISFACTORY NOW AND IN 10 YEARS, AND CURRENT DEGREE OF SATISFACTION. SIGNIFICANT RELATIONSHIPS EXISTED BETWEEN CAREER INTERESTS AND TYPE OF COLLEGE ATTENDED, ACADEMIC DISTINCTION AS AN UNDERGRADUATE, CAREER PLANS AS A SENIOR, POSSESSION OF GRADUATE DEGREE, MARITAL STATUS, AGE, AND COMPARISON OF OWN WITH HUSBAND'S SELF-FULFILLMENT. BOTH PART-TIME AND FULL-TIME RESUMPTION OF EMPLOYMENT WAS POPULAR AS A DESIRED PROJECTED STATUS BUT NOT IN THE HIGHEST PROFESSIONS. MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONS, COLLEGE TEACHING, AND EDUCATIONAL SPECIALTIES WERE POPULAR AS "UP-GRADING" CHOICES AND ARTS-GLAMOUR-SERVICE AS IDEAL FIELDS. THE FINDINGS INDICATE THAT IT WILL SOON BECOME CONVENTIONAL FOR MIDDLE-CLASS COLLEGE WOMEN TO RETURN TO WORK AFTER 10 TO 15 YEARS OF MARRIAGE. (MS)
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Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL.
Identifiers: AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN; Illinois (Evanston)