ERIC Number: ED369909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul-15
Reference Count: N/A
Women Facing the Multiple Role Challenge. Adult Women Studying Social Work and Adult Education in Canada: A Study of Their Multiple Role Experiences and of Supports Available to Them. Final Report.
Home, Alice M.
A study examined the multiple role experiences of 20 adult women studying social work and adult education in 7 programs throughout Canada and the supports available to the women. Also interviewed during the study were two professors and the department head from each program, a field instructor, several program coordinators, and five employers. Role conflict was most pronounced between the women's student and parenting roles. The social work students in traditional schools experienced more role strain and conflict and reported feeling less university support than did both students in adapted schools and students in adult education. Nineteen of the women cited their family as a major source of support. Peer support was also deemed crucial, and 13 women reported receiving some work support. Both professors and department/school directors were very aware of the role-conflict related difficulties faced by female adult students; however, they were not always sure how to respond to the situational, institutional, and dispositional obstacles facing students. Student and faculty perceptions of the kinds of support offered by the university setting were similar. Four of the employers allowed working students some form of leave to resolve role conflict-related problems. (Contains 47 references.) (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada