ERIC Number: ED201906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Marital Consequences of Women's Educational and Career Reentry.
Smith, Jeanne W.
As more women choose to reenter college or seek employment, marital and family systems undergo change. From an initial sample of 251 women who participated in a reassessment series conducted between 1973 and 1977, 24 women who had chosen to reenter college or initiate careers were selected for follow-up interviews. Women (N=12) who had divorced were matched with 12 women with intact marriages. The sample was further stratified by age cohorts of 30-, 40-, and 50-year olds. In-depth structured interviews and conversational aids were used to explore changes in the subjects' lives, the effects on marital and familial relationships, and the coping strategies which evolved for dealing with relationship stresses. Husbands of the intact marriage group were also interviewed. Variations in communication, accommodation, support, and acceptance of change were identified as factors important to marriage survival. The survival of the marriage after the wife's college or career reentry, regardless of motivations, appeared primarily dependent on the husband. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Portland, OR, October 22-25, 1980).