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ERIC Number: ED184032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Freshman University Women Receive Inconsistent "Expectation Messages" from Parents.
Dickerson, Kitty G.; And Others
Differences in sex role expectations between parents of female college freshmen and male college freshmen were investigated. It was hypothesized that parents of entering college freshman women would be less likely than parents of entering freshman men to agree on expectations for their child and on sex role expectations in general, and that young women would be influenced by the conflicting expectation messages which they received from parents, and would experience difficulty in formulating stable, consistent expectations for themselves. Data from mailed questionnaires, returned by 955 parents of entering freshmen at a southeastern state university, supported the research hypothesis. Parents of the female students were much less likely than the parents of the male students to agree on expectations for their child and on role expectations in general. Further, it was found that both the mothers and the fathers were inconsistent in their respective expectations for daughters. Large percentages of the female students' parents supported strong academic-vocational achievements for women, yet also identified women's major responsibilities in a traditional way. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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