ERIC Number: ED201928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Importance of Family and Career Roles for High School Youth.
Farmer, Helen S.
Currently, roles are changing for men and women and the combination of work and family roles is a challenge to many young people. High school students' life plans and the relationship of some antecedent factors to homemaking and career commitment were explored. Subjects (N=854), 9th and 12th grade students, completed questionnaires containing items and factors taken from several longer questionnaires investigating life plans, career motivation, self-concept, and context measures. Data indicated that girls chose as equally high educational goals as boys, and chose higher level realistic goals. A strong relationship was found between being Expressive and career commitment for both sexes, with a weaker, but significant, relationship between being Instrumental and career commitment. Girls and boys equally endorsed statements which indicated that career planning was a top priority. Boys did not differ from girls in their endorsement of a life plan which indicated equal sharing of the parent role, although the homemaking commitment was significantly higher for girls than boys. Change in social role expectations for boys was reflected in the positive relationships between the homemaking and career scales. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Illinois Univ., Urbana.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).