ERIC Number: ED201592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Geographical Mobility of Women in "Dual Career" Households: Determinants and Consequences.
This paper investigates occupational characteristics influencing a household's migration propensity. The study was based on the premise that earlier studies have not done justice to the complexity of male/female influences on family migration. The hypothesis was that the geographical mobility of 'dual career' families will be determined by the career situations of both spouses, rather than the occupation of the household head (generally male). The sample consisted of 500 females who graduated from five British universities in 1965 and 1972. The method involved contacting the women by mail and directing them to respond to a questionnaire regarding family, migration, and employment history. The response rate was 36% for the 1965 cohort and 48% for the 1972 cohort. Preliminary findings indicated that, for married or cohabitating graduate women, moves due to the demands of husband's or partner's job represent the single most important cause of household migration, accounting for 44% and 45% of the moves made by 1965 and 1972 graduates respectively. Further, moves made specifically for respondents' own careers accounted for a mere 2% of moves made by the households represented in the 1965 cohort and 5% in the households of their 1972 counterparts. The conclusion is that this study lent considerable support to the idea of the contingent nature of much female mobility. Additional research is suggested on the impact of a household's geographic mobility on a wife's occupational status, i.e., the concentration of women in geographically transferable jobs such as nursing, teaching, and secretarial work. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dual Career Family
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (77th, Los Angeles, CA, April 19-22, 1981).