ERIC Number: ED361618
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar-25
Relationships, Mothers & Daughters, Fathers & Daughters: A Key to the Development of Competence?
Goldwasser, Shirley W.
The role of parental support in the development of a woman's sense of competence was examined and compared to earlier research. Hennig's study of women executives in 1970 found that a woman's supportive relationship with her father was a key factor in her development of competence. The present study was conducted to examine whether this finding would hold true today or whether the woman's relationship with her mother would be as important as the relationship with her father in terms of competence development. Women executives (N=118) completed questionnaires designed to address the problem of the development of competence in women's lives. The roles of their mother and father in contributing to their sense of competence, influencing their development, contributing to their motivation for success, and supporting their career goals were assessed over three developmental periods (early childhood, adolescence, and college and/or early career). The results suggest that, for these women executives, their mothers were equally, if not more, influential and supportive of their development of competence than were their fathers. (NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (39th, Atlanta, GA, March 24-27, 1993).