ERIC Number: ED257030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Planning Styles in Single-Parent Families.
Buehler, Cheryl; Hogan, M. Janice
Although family management scholars have identified family life cycle stages and educational and occupational status as factors that may influence planning in families, the influence of the family's life cycle stage and socioeconomic status on the planning process has not been empirically tested. Planning styles, family characteristics, and sociodemographic factors were examined in a purposive sample of 203 single-parent families (159 mothers, 44 fathers). Factor analysis of responses to a 57-item instrument measuring planning behaviors revealed three factors or planning styles: (1) the resource-centered style, characterized by changing resources while maintaining goals; (2) the goal-centered style, characterized by modifying demands while accepting resources; and (3) the constrained style, characterized by few efforts to change either demands or resources. The results showed that both mothers and fathers most frequently used the goal-centered style; mothers with higher levels of education or who owned homes and fathers with smaller households or higher occupational status most frequently use the resource centered style; younger mothers or mothers who had a lower occupational status used the constrained style. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota Univ., St. Paul. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (San Francisco, CA, October 16-20, 1984).