ERIC Number: ED268448
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
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Perceived Spousal Support for Women Who Return to College.
Scott, Shirley A.; King, Jeanne C.
Increasing numbers of women are returning to college following an interruption of their education. Role strain is a common experience of these women. Most studies of role strain and family support among returning women have relied on the women's self-reports. A study was conducted using manipulated descriptions of family environments which were evaluated by 86 husbands of returning students. The results revealed that participants indicated greater support for the wife's education when she continued to meet all or part of her family's needs than when she neglected them. Further, husbands believed the woman who fit the "Super-Mom" stereotype was more likely to obtain an advanced degree. The husband was perceived to experience greater stress when his wife neglected her household responsibilities and when she reneged on her commitment to spend time with him. Participants also perceived the wife who neglected her family to be under more stress, possibly because they believed she should feel guilty. The results imply that a returning woman earns support for her education by continuing to meet her family's and husband's needs. (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Revision of a paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).