ERIC Number: ED208333
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Dual Career Couples in Engineering.
Haemmerlie, Frances M.; Montgomery, Robert L.
Interest in the problems and concerns of dual career couples has increased markedly in the last decade. However, little research has been done with dual career couples in such traditionally non-female professions as engineering. To examine work, home, personal, and interpersonal characteristics and concerns, married female engineering graduates and their spouses completed a questionnaire. Results revealed that financial benefits were cited most often as an advantage, while concern for time problems was cited most often as a disadvantage. The average age of the respondents was under 30 years old, reflecting the relative recency of dual career engineering couples. Most couples did not work at the same facility, and most worked for private organizations. Most took jobs by choice, although more females took jobs by availability. Both partners expressed a similar degree of satisfaction with their jobs, but tended to emphasize the male partner's career when making decisions about a job change. The findings suggest that engineering couples experience many similar concerns of dual career couples in other fields. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dual Career Family
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (27th, Houston, TX, April 16-18, 1981).