ERIC Number: ED166593
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Professional Couple: First Year Out.
Presser, Nan R.
There are many issues and problems which arise for dual-career couples during their first professional year. Although the changes confronting most new professionals are typically stressful, when both members of a couple simultaneously enter careers these stresses are frequently exacerbated. Based on both extensive interviews and counseling with many such couples, several specific areas of conflicts and rewards have been identified: (1) difficulties regarding changing role identities, values, self-esteem, and self-concepts; (2) changes in social support groups and in mutual expectations regarding socialization; (3) competition over several areas, including finances, career fluctuations, professional recognition and rewards, and relative status of and advancement in careers; (4) both negative and positive changes in the interdependence of the couple and its ability to function as a mutual support system; and (5) addressing delayed or as yet unresolved developmental issues, such as decisions about lifestyles and parenthood. The nature and the impact of each of these areas is discussed, and positive aspects of such relationships during this time period are presented. (Author)
Descriptors: Adult Development, Competition, Interests, Interpersonal Relationship, Marriage, Occupational Aspiration, Professional Personnel, Role Conflict, Social Relations, State of the Art Reviews
Student Counseling Center, Illinois State University, Normal, Ill. 61761
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dual Career Couples
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