ERIC Number: ED340959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
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Social Support in Relation to Spousal Role Sharing in Dual-Worker Families.
Harris, Bonnie J.
The roles of men and women in society are changing as a result of an increasing number of women entering the labor force. The dual-employed pattern has become the norm in this society and projections indicate that it will continue to increase in proportion to other lifestyles. This study investigated the relationship between social support networks and dual-worker families. Subjects (N=38) represented 19 married couples who had at least one child living with them, and both husband and wife held full-time jobs outside their home. Men and women were approximately the same age, ranging from 28 to 60 years, with an average age of 40 years. The subjects were drawn from a potential vocational population which included administrators, educators, office staff, warehouse workers, and custodial staff, plus the spouse of each. Educational level, annual family and personal incomes, and hours per week and weeks per year of employment were examined. The primary hypotheses in the study focused on the assumption that greater availability of social support would yield greater satisfaction with spousal role sharing. The results for the men fell in the predicted direction, though not at a significant level. For wives and couples the direction of the findings relating social support and spousal role sharing was opposite to that which was hypothesized. Though the results did not reach statistically significant levels, the direction indicated that the greater the availability of social support, the less satisfaction with spousal role sharing. Wives in the dual-worker families experienced greater availability of social support than did husbands. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses
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Note: M.A. Paper, University of Minnesota.