ERIC Number: ED194689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Career and Lifestyle Determinants of Gifted Women.
Rodenstein, Judith M.; Glickauf-Hughes, Cheryl
A longitudinal study examined the career and lifestyle determinants of 201 gifted women who became homemakers, career-focused, or both homemakers and career-focused. A ten-year follow-up questionnaire collected data for (1) determining existing differences in parental influence, impact of education, career determinants, self-perceptions and evaluations, and current interests and values between groups with divergent lifestyles and (2) examining the role of variables, such as persistence, independence, and mental stability in women's career plans. Results seemed to dispel some myths associated with the forced choice many women believe they must make. One-third of the sample successfully integrated career and family. Career-oriented women derived satisfaction from personal relationships and hobbies as well as their work. Furthermore, 57% of the career group still considered the possibility of having children. Career preparedness and maternal occupation were not found to differentiate between groups. Perception of good mental stability as a contributor to one's life achievements was found to be significantly higher among the integrators. Attitudes of independence were more prominent among groups pursuing careers. Based on study results, two counseling goals were identified for working with gifted women: (1) providing information geared towards dispelling myths forcing a choice between career and family and (2) facilitating personal growth and development of autonomy of gifted women. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adults, Career Choice, Career Development, Career Education, Career Planning, Employed Women, Females, Followup Studies, Gifted, Homemakers, Individual Characteristics, Life Style, Longitudinal Studies, Motivation, Occupational Aspiration, Role Conflict, Womens Education, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Guidance Lab. for Superior Students.