ERIC Number: ED195857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-2
Reference Count: 0
Age and Identity Issues of Adult Women.
Campbell, Patricia B.; Katrin, Susan E.
Do women go through identifiable developmental stages? Can generalizable patterns of transition be found, and if so, do these patterns differ according to the age of the respondent? What are women's most difficult and most satisfying times of life? To provide some exploratory quantitative data on these questions, a sample of 120 women completed a questionnaire designed to provide information about personal perceptions of transitional periods. The data indicate a lack of age differences in such areas as perception of the most satisfactory and difficult periods of life, body satisfaction, satisfaction with life, self-concept, and agreement with the goals of the women's movement. The preliminary findings suggest that women's developmental patterns are different from those of men--e.g., 47% of the subjects indicated that their own personal growth and self-acceptance were the best parts of their present life stages, while 38% indicated that freedom was the best part. The age span from 21 through 25 was mentioned most frequently as the most satisfying as well as the most difficult age range. (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Research on Women and Education (5th, Cleveland, OH, November 2, 1979).