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ERIC Number: EJ936010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0889-4019
The Lived Experience of Work and Career: Women Whose Parents Lack Postsecondary Education
Gibbons, Melinda M.; Woodside, Marianne; Hannon, Christine; Sweeney, Jeffrey R.; Davison, John
Career Development Quarterly, v59 n4 p315-329 Jun 2011
There is a dearth of research exploring the career and work development of adults and the influence of family of origin on that development. In this qualitative study, the authors used a phenomenological approach to examine the career and work experiences of women whose parents have no education beyond high school and the influences of family on these experiences. Findings revealed 5 invariant themes, or constituents, that shaped the experiences of these women: being a daughter/woman, support and encouragement, what matters, why I chose, and limits and options. Perseverance was found to be a related underlying component, or essence. Authors present implications for counselors working with adult women whose parents lack postsecondary education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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