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ERIC Number: ED358383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
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The Value and Commitment to Work and Family Roles: Influence of Gender and Family Background.
Kennedy, Gregory E.
Expectations of young adults concerning their future participation in four adult life roles (occupation, parenthood, marriage, homecare) were examined by comparing the responses of 301 male and 354 female college students from intact families, single-parent families, and stepfamilies on the Life Roles Salience Scales (LRSS). The results indicated that the subjects held a very positive set of expectations about the four adult life roles. Women demonstrated a significantly stronger indication of commitment to the roles of marriage, parenthood, and homecare and of valuing these roles somewhat more than did men. Men, in contrast, expressed significantly greater expectations regarding the value of the occupational role and their commitment to that role than did women. Students from single-parent families and from stepfamilies scored significantly higher in the Occupational Role Commitment Scale of the LRSS than did students from intact families. Most students indicated a high value for the marital role, with students from intact families placing a higher value on the marital role and anticipating more commitment to the work of the marital role than students from single-parent families and stepfamilies. In general, the data suggest a positive picture regarding the expectations with which young people are entering adult life. Information from this research can guide family life educators and students in explorations and discussion of various facets of family living. (NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (54th, Orlando, FL, November 5-10, 1992).