ERIC Number: ED312728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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The Adult Daughter Project: Communication and Life Aspirations.
Spillers, Cindy S.; Katz, Virginia T.
A pilot study was conducted to develop a reasonably complete picture of young women as they assessed their parent's influence on them, viewed their futures, and reported on their own communicative behavior. Eighteen single, white, midwestern college women between the ages of 18 and 23 were the subjects of the study. To obtain a maximum amount of information from the subject sample a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodologies was employed. Both the interviews and the correlation results point to interesting directions for study with a larger number of subjects. The mother's educational status, but not her occupation, seemed to correlate with commitment to career on the part of the daughters. Results indicated that a relationship might exist between "overt concern" from father and career commitment, and "overt concern" from mother and a desire for marriage and family. With regard to the finding of relationship between commitment to career and the self report of a communicator style factor labeled "dramatic", reactions were varied and it was felt this area would profit from further study. Evidence of sex role attitudes that were communicated in the interviews will also continue to be explored. Based on these preliminary findings, subsequent research might involve developing a new self-report instrument aimed at further exploration of the above-mentioned factors associated with clarity of life aspirations. (One figure and 3 tables of data are included. Twenty-one references are attached.) (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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