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ERIC Number: ED177989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Dual Careers of Faculty and Family: Can They Both be Done Well? Part 3: Observations from the Field.
O'Barr, Jean
Issues that confront the dual career family, a family in which both parents work outside the home and are actively involved in developing a profession, are discussed. This report focuses on issues relative to married couples with children and specifically to college faculty couples. Modifications in life style required in these circumstances are discussed and it is suggested that while educational equality for men and women is increasing there are relatively few dual career marriages. Traditional career advancement is viewed as discriminatory toward women. Women's professional career patterns are examined and four stages are noted: (1) marriage; (2) childbearing; (3) professional preparation; and (4) the assumption or resumption of professional practice. The distribution of household and parenting responsibilities is discussed as well as financial problems and the effects of dual career marriages on children. Specifics of various types of marital relationships are discussed as they relate to the success of dual careers. Competition is viewed as a substantial hurdle in dual career marriages. Conditions that employers and society can create to make dual career marriages easier to attain are proposed. It is recommended that rational, cooperative decision-making will augment the success of a dual career marriage. (SF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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