ERIC Number: ED457510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
White Women's Social Class Identity and the College Experience.
Ostrove, Joan M.; Long, Susan M.
One hundred first-year women and 100 senior women attending a private liberal arts college in Minnesota completed a questionnaire about their class background and current class identity, and the extent to which they thought class had an affect on their lives. Information was also obtained about their scholarships and financial aid. While the results showed no differences among social class groups in terms of how the women saw class affecting their lives in general or their experiences at the college, women from lower middle class and poor backgrounds articulated considerably less access to different kinds of resources. Seniors were more likely to believe that their social class affected their lives in general. Women from upper middle class and upper class backgrounds were more likely to say that they lived a life of ease but many struggled with the goal of trying to become independent. (Contains 11 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (109th, San Francisco, CA, August 24-28, 2001).