ERIC Number: ED177284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
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Career and Family Present Conflicting Priorities for Married Women Today.
Farmer, Helen S.
A study was conducted to determine the extent to which conflict between home and career was experienced today by mothers who had returned to college. Subjects were married mothers, 53 from a community college (Group 1) and 109 from a state university (Group 2). A measure of home-career (H-C) conflict was developed for the study using four TAT-like narrative cues. Results indicated that story cues suggested negative consequences of various kinds to 41 percent of Group 1 and 43 percent of Group 2. Twenty percent of Group 1 and 17 percent of Group 2 responded with clinical "denial" to story cues presenting a women and child. Thirty-five percent of the continuing education women and 33 percent of the college women wrote stories which were neutral and reflected no conflict as long as they viewed the mother's activity outside the home as occasional. Only four percent of Group 1 and seven percent of Group 2 wrote stories reflecting a harmonious blending of work and family roles, with positive effects for other members of the family. It was concluded that findings indicate the existence of the discomfort experienced by married women returning to college, and suggest some content validity for the H-C measure developed. (Author/JH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A