ERIC Number: EJ1008032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Comparisons of Adult and Traditional College-Age Student Mothers: Reasons for College Enrollment and Views of How Enrollment Affects Children
Wilsey, Stephanie A.
Journal of College Student Development, v54 n2 p209-214 Mar-Apr 2013
Women are an increasingly large presence in undergraduate education, and many female students are mothers in addition to their role as college students. To compare and contrast 2 groups of student mothers (adult and traditional college-age), we administered a 39-item survey to 95 student mothers. We assessed demographic variables, reasons for college enrollment, and views of how mothers' college enrollment affects children. Results reflect both possibility and problems for student mothers of all ages. Traditional college-age mothers evidenced particular challenges in terms of maintaining grades and accessing student support services. Recommendations for institutions seeking to support student mothers in balancing school, work, and family are presented.
Descriptors: Enrollment, Undergraduate Study, College Students, Mothers, Student Surveys, Demography, Predictor Variables, Grades (Scholastic), Student Personnel Services
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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