ERIC Number: ED232095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Reported Stress of College Seniors as a Function of Gender and Sex Role Orientation.
Maurer, Janet F.
College seniors constitute a pre-transitional population that may be struggling with issues of adapting to anticipated change while preparing to leave the college environment. In order to assess the relationship of students' gender and their views of women's roles to the stresses arising from the transition anticipated at college graduation, male and female university seniors (N=114) completed the Mooney Problem Check List, the Attitudes toward Women Scale, and a Personal Data Form at the end of the fall semester. The Mooney Problem Check List was readministered at the beginning of the spring semester. Data analysis indicated that women reported significantly more problems than men, although, for both women and men, there was a significant decrease in reported problems from fall to spring. Both men and women expressed concern about social skills and friendship. For males, adjusting to college work was the most frequently reported problem area. Gender and academic pressure were the most influential variables. The results indicate that students should be encouraged to address career questions relating to the graduation transition early in their college careers in order to ease some of the related distress. (Author/AG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Baltimore, MD, April 15-18, 1982).