ERIC Number: ED200876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Women's Educational Attainment and Fertility.
Abrams, Doris L.
Despite the apparent influence of marriage and childbearing on women's educational outcomes, these variables generally have not been included in models of educational attainment. To investigate the factors associated with the educational attainment of a national sample of young women drawn from the Project Talent Data Bank, the effects of family of origin, school-related variables, adolescent achievement expectations, and age at marriage were assessed, with a focus on the relationship between educational attainment and fertility. Results indicated that the responsibilities of childrearing attenuated women's educational achievements. Each child was estimated to cost a woman approximately .8 to 1.5 years of education. The effect of level of education on fertility was statistically insignificant. Because number of children was the single most important predictor of women's educational attainment, the trend of postponing childbearing and having smaller families may result in more women continuing their education beyond high school. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Fertility; Project TALENT
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).