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ERIC Number: ED217305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Military Officers' Wives' Attitudes Toward Their Roles and Responsibilities.
Norman, Stella Lybrand
Articles in a military wives' magazine have indicated that officers' wives are questioning their roles. If the wives' attitudes are different from those of the past with respect to the role they believe the military expects of them, these changes must be recognized. A 45-statement questionnaire, with each statement reflecting a particular obligation, attitude, or action expected of an officer's wife, was completed by military wives with under 7 years (N=5), 7-15 years (N=18), and over 15 years (N=20) total experience. The small number of wives in the under seven years group precluded statistical comparison of this group with the other two groups. Nevertheless, there were indications that current officers' wives did not agree with or follow many of the old traditional military ideas. Regardless of the number of years of experience they had, wives gave "new military" responses to 16 of 34 items, responses which reflected that these officers' wives were more prone not to follow dress and courtesy traditions nor to feel obligated to participate in Officers' Wives Club activities or to be volunteers. The results suggest a need to examine military assignment policies that match family needs with service needs. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A