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ERIC Number: EJ816967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0146-3934
College Women's Willingness to Participate in Alternative Marital and Family Forms: 1986 and 2003
Billingham, Robert E., Sr.
College Student Journal, v42 n2 p659-664 Jun 2008
In 1986 (n = 359) and in 2003 (n = 111), single never married women enrolled at a large university in the mid-west completed questionnaires designed to investigate their willingness to participate in 13 different alternative marital and family forms. "Egalitarian" marriage was ranked first by women in both time periods with 93.5 and 95.6 percent of women in 1986 and 2003 respectively reporting their willingness to participate. Other findings were: a smaller percentage of women were willing to participate in "child free" marriage in 2003 than in 1986; and a larger percentage of women were willing to participate in both "traditional sex role marriages" and "role reversal marriage" in 2003 than in 1986. The results of these studies suggest that for young women, the willingness to participate in various marital and family forms is flexible and dependent on the societal attitudes at the time they are considering their future relationships. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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