ERIC Number: ED332091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
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Attitudes of Irish Women towards Family Related Tasks.
Walsh, William M.; Allen, Molly
This study explored the assumption of age-related differences among two groups of Irish women regarding their reported assessment of the value of family and marriage related tasks experienced in young adulthood. Six of Havighurst's tasks for young adulthood relate to marriage and family. These are: (1) selecting a mate; (2) learning to live with a marriage partner; (3) starting a family; (4) rearing children; (5) managing a home; and (6) maintaining a career. It was hypothesized that younger Irish women (34 years and younger) would consider all these developmental tasks to be significantly less important than older Irish women (35 years and older). Findings from 113 subjects in the Dublin, Ireland area revealed that younger Irish women facing decisions about marriage, family, and home did not differ significantly in the importance they give most of these tasks, as compared to the older Irish women. Younger women did report a significantly lower value for one of the tasks: rearing children. For the task "Choosing the Right Partner" there was an interactive effect between family income and age group. For women whose family income was low, younger women valued this task significantly less than older women in the same income bracket. (LLL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Ireland; Irish People
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Reno, NV, April 21-24, 1991).