ERIC Number: ED247079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Sex-Role Attitude Change of Young Women: Influential Factors from a Panel Study.
Tallichet, Suzanne E.; Willits, Fern K.
A panel of 294 non-metropolitan Pennsylvania women was studied first in 1970 when they were high school sophomores and again in 1981 to assess the relationship between traditional and nontraditional role behaviors and changes in sex-role attitudes. As adolescents in 1970, the women were either extremely liberal or traditional. As young adults in 1981, they expressed more uniformly nontraditional views. That is, the majority overwhelmingly rejected the ideas that education and job opportunities are more important for boys, and that every girl should marry, stay at home, have children, and leave the major family decisions to her husband. Although young women who had expressed liberal sex-role attitudes during their teen years were more likely to further their education than their more traditional counterparts, marital status, number of children, and employment status showed no such statistical association. In general a subject's attitude scores increased on a scale from 1 to 10 from most traditional to least traditional as her educational level increased, but the effect of education was tempered by her mother's educational level; differences associated with increasing schooling were most pronounced when the mother had less than a high school education. Employed women expressed significantly more nontraditional attitudes than did their unemployed counterparts. Married women expressed a more liberal position than did their unmarried peers. (BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park. Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers: Education Role; Liberalism; Pennsylvania
Note: Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (47th, College Station, TX, August 22-25, 1984).