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ERIC Number: ED386538
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Pages: 10
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Single and Married Mothers as Students: Obstacles to Successful Completion of Study.
Scott, Catherine; And Others
This paper, based on a questionnaire and interview study of 118 married and single mothers who had interrupted their studies at one of three New South Wales universities, explores the question of what factors prevent successful completion of study. A cluster analysis was performed on the responses to an item that listed 21 reasons for dropout. A four-cluster solution was accepted. Eleven participants in the first cluster identified the following difficulties: lack of money, child care, and self-confidence; lack of support; and their own ill health. The second group of eight was characterized as suffering from practical difficulties. The third cluster was the largest--74--and was characterized by role overload. The fourth cluster of 13 individuals named course dissatisfaction as their reason for leaving. Multivariate analyses revealed that the four groups were significantly different on age, age of youngest child, and motivation for return to study. The first group was significantly younger than the sample mean and had children who were younger than the mean. The second group was significantly older than the sample mean and reported high levels of interest and humanitarian self-actualization motivation for study. The third group's mean age and age of children were similar to the sample means. The fourth group members were of average age as were their children. The study concluded that student mothers did not form a homogenous group and difficulties they encountered related particularly to family life cycle stage. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia