ERIC Number: ED156971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-30
Reference Count: 0
Returning Women Students: A Study of Stress and Success.
The positive and negative effects of a woman's return to shcool on herself and her family was the object of a study conducted in 1975. Two detailed questionnaires were completed by 361 women attending three Detroit area universities. Of the 361 respondents, 33 of them had not remained in school for more than three consecutive semesters since their return and were considered "drop-outs.""Successful" students had either already graduated or were still in school. Hypotheses were proposed to identify variables that would distinguish drop-outs from successful students. It was anticipated that drop-outs (1) would experience more stress; (2) would receive less support from their husbands; and (3) would feel less positive about their marriages than would successful students. The chi square test of significance was employed to test the differences between the two groups. Hypothesis I was upheld. Hypothesis II, testing husband support, yielded less clear-cut results. Responses involving the third hypothesis (attitude toward marriage) were also mixed. It was concluded that despite the problems and strains encountered in returning to school, the impact of education on these women has been profound and the benefits well worth the costs. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Social Science Association (Tempe, Arizona, April 30, 1976)