ERIC Number: ED251781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Cultural Differences in Work-Family Interface Values.
Engel, John W.
While there is a growing body of research on middle-class, white American work-family values, sex-role ideals, and attitudes toward women's employment, very little is known about the values and attitudes of other ethnic groups. This study compares the sex-role ideals and attitudes toward women's employment of Chinese, Japanese, and Caucasian American college students (N=400). Chinese, Japanese and Caucasian groups were found to differ in beliefs and attitudes related to women's "place in the home," relative responsibility for care of house and children, natural suitability for housework and care of children, men's housework potential, effects of wives' employment on marriage, and women's motivations for working outside the home. Chinese, Japanese and Caucasian groups tended to have similar values and attitudes regarding: women's abilities to handle the responsibilities of both career and home, the importance of shared housework and child-care, women's responsibility to themselves to make use of their abilities, possible effects of wives' employment on husbands, and concerns for children and the timing of maternal employment. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (St. Paul, MN, October 11-15, 1983). Research was supported by the Hawaii Institute of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources.