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ERIC Number: ED465135
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Helping Students Prepare To Juggle Career and Family: Young Adults Attitudes toward Maternal Employment.
Rowles, Dorothy; Gambone, Kirsten; Szuchyt, Jamie; Deitrick, Susan; Gelband, Amy; Lu, Barbara Chris; Zohe, Dorothy; Stickney, Deborah; Fields, Susan; Chambliss, Catherine
Counseling students in order to help them make sound educational, career, and personal decisions requires an understanding of their values, priorities, and preconceptions about their options. The present study explored the attitudes of male and female college students regarding maternal employment, and their own career and family expectations, in order to assist those who counsel this population. Perceptions of the benefits and costs associated with maternal employment were assessed through administration of the Beliefs about the Consequences of Maternal Employment for Children questionnaire (BACMEC). Disparities between males' preferences for spousal employment and females' preferences for employment at different developmental stages of children's lives were examined. Results reveal that male participants' mothers' employment during their early childhood was significantly associated with their preferences regarding their future wives' employment during their children's infancy. Analyses of female employment preferences showed significant effects for preferences during the preschool, elementary school, and adolescent years. Women whose own mothers had worked while the participants were young were more likely to prefer working at these developmental stages of their own children. (Contains 42 references.) (GCP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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