ERIC Number: ED190946
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Life Style: Personality, Role Concept, Attitudes, Influences, and Choices.
O'Connell, Agnes N.
The relationships between life style and personality, role concept, attitudes, the influence of significant others, and personal and professional choices are examined for women pursuing various life styles. College-graduated women (N=87) between ages 30 and 58 were divided into three groups based on career-home commitment. Traditionals (N=24) left work and were full-time homemakers. Neotraditionals (N=40) returned to work after a period of childrearing. Nontraditionals (N=23) combined careers and childrearing. Results from the California Psychological Inventory indicate three separate personality patterns for the three life styles and a significant relationship between life style and personality. The three groups differed substantially in personality, role concepts, attitudes, occupational choice, motivation, quality of employment experiences, parents' life styles, perception of husbands' preferred life style and sex role attitudes, own and husbands' education, and family size. Influence of parents' life style, the single most potent variable, contributed 64% of the variance to a daughter's choice of life style. Variables which remain significant when parents' influence is controlled are attitude towards college, educational level, and choice of occupation. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: California Psychological Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979).