ERIC Number: ED301826
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Captive Spouses and Self-Esteem.
Obringer, Barbara J.; Newlon, Betty J.
Contributing to society is important for both society and the person. Today it appears that some married women who are housewives are unable to develop careers, because of frequent breaks in their education and/or training due to the mobility of their spouse. A captured spouse is one who is mobile with her mate and is overshadowed in the career area by her mate. This study examined whether captivity, the inability to pursue a career because of a mobile spouse, has an effect on self-esteem. Mobility was defined as moving farther than commuting distance from one's present job within the last 5 years. The non-captive population was identified as married females with themselves as the dominant working spouse. The captive population was similar to the non-captive population except that for the captive population the husband, considered the primary wage earner, was mobile and that mobility infringed upon the wife's pursuing her career. Subject (N=86) responses to the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale showed a correlation between mobility and self-esteem and a statistically significant difference between the self-esteem means of both populations. It can be concluded that mobility had adversely affected the self-esteem of captive spouses. Satisfaction with career development had no measureable effect on the self-esteem of women already established in their choice of career field. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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