ERIC Number: ED281115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Marital, Parental, and Employment Expectations of Male and Female College Students.
Lilly, Diana M.; Borges, Marilyn A.
Traditional sex roles are changing in the areas of work, marriage, and family. Two studies were conducted to examine college students' actual expectations toward their own careers, marriages, and parenthood. In the first study, 167 college students completed a questionnaire in which they judged their past and expected future life employment status, marital status, parental status, and overall life satisfaction for eight age intervals that encompassed the lifespan. In the second study, 218 college students completed a questionnaire in which they indicated the exact age at which they expected to marry and have children, and their plans for employment while their own children were young. They also indicated at what age they thought these events should "best" happen. The results from the two studies suggest that the median age of marriage will continue to increase and that most respondents expect to delay marriage and parenthood. Both sexes reported expecting to marry and become parents at slightly later ages than the ages they indicated as being "best." There appeared to be a high degree of agreement between college males and females as to their expectations for the sexes' marital, parental, and career status. These expectations may have implications for the future birthrate, for childcare facilities, and for career practices. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (67th, Long Beach, CA, April 23-26, 1987).