ERIC Number: ED336530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
Student Views of the Two-Paycheck Family Lifestyle: Boon, Burden, or Both.
A study was made of approximately 100 college students' attitudes toward two-paycheck families, using a questionnaire. The study found no support for "working mother" guilt and anxiety; for example, there was no overall family conflict effect evident. When compared with students from families with nonemployed mothers, students from two-paycheck families did not report greater family discord. They also showed no greater tendency to blame their mothers for childhood or current problems (social, esteem, intellectual, or academic). Students reported admiring mothers who worked full time most, mothers who worked part time next, and nonemployed mothers least. The majority of students with full-time employed mothers did not perceive maternal work status as having compromised either mothers' happiness or marriage quality. A tendency of students to favor the part-time work alternative over either full-time work or nonemployment for mothers emerged when a composite measure of childhood experience was calculated, including items tapping the subjects' admiration of their mothers and their view of their mothers' ability to meet their children's need for support and independence and to foster intellectual and academic success. The college students almost all expected to become parents; most males expected their wives to be unemployed until their youngest child reached age 6, whereas most females expected to be working part time during that period. It is recommended that colleges spend time helping students sort out work and family values before they become employed and parents. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Delaware Valley Career Planners Conference (Collegeville, PA, May 1991).