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ERIC Number: ED312462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Female and Male Attitudes to Profession, Family and Partnership. Results of 4 Opinion Questionings in West Germany.
Dohmen, Karin
The attitudes of today's West German women about family, profession, and society are framed in recent history, most of it negative to women. A survey of 538 West German women of different age groups conducted in 1985-86 showed that women thought it necessary that all women get vocational training. However, only 63 percent felt that a woman should take a job if she does not need to earn money. Possibly because of school schedules that send children home for a 2-hour lunch, 58 percent of the women think that mothers with small children must give up their jobs. More than half wished for equal part-time jobs for fathers and mothers. Three-fourths of the women believed that women did not get as good positions as men did because they did not like and did not use male behavior, whereas about half also saw the reason for women attaining lesser jobs as the handicapping condition of caring for children. Among the young women, many said they would not have children so that they could continue their careers, and many would not marry either, since they would not need a husband for economic support. A similar questionnaire completed by 529 young West German men in 1987 and 1988 showed that most would not take part-time work to help care for children; 59 percent were in favor of marriage. Finally, 76 percent of the young men said that women should give up their jobs when they have children. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: West Germany