ERIC Number: ED334888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Gender, Parent Child Relationships, and Aspirations among College Students.
Leung, Jupian J.
The major purpose of this study was to determine whether male and female college students differ in their aspirations. A related purpose was to explore the relationship between college students' emotional relationships with their parents and their parents' aspirations for them and also to determine if they felt emotionally closer to one parent than the other. The participants in the study were white male and female college students (n=139), ranging in age from 20 to 43 years of age. Among the survey findings were that females attributed more importance in their ratings of the aspirations "to have a good marriage," to be a good parent, and to be "loving" than did males. Female participants also rated "to be independent" and "to be self-reliant" as more important than males did, a finding which was viewed as contrary to expectations. Males and females rated their relationships with their mothers to be more positive than that with their fathers. Of the 15 aspirations students' mothers and fathers held for them, only three were common to both parents: to be ambitious, to be hard-working, and to be well-mannered. The study results indicated that mothers were the stronger agents of influence than fathers, as well as being emotionally closer to the students. This indicates that in helping college students to deal with the problems they encounter, one might consider enlisting more help from mothers than from fathers. Contains nine references. (GLR)
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