ERIC Number: ED156953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul-14
Perceived Costs of Combining Career and Family Roles: The Influence of Early Family History on Adult Role Decisions.
Berson, Janet S.
This study attempts to clarify part of the decision-making process centering around combining family and career. There are two aspects of the study. In the first, perceived costs of combining roles are assessed and evaluated in light of mother's employment history. The subjects in this part of the study were 141 single women and 43 married women. In the second part, differences in attitudes of husbands and wives are considered. Subjects were recruited from three undergraduate psychology classes at an eastern state university and a church-related discussion group in the same community. All subjects were given both a demographic questionnaire and the Subjective Expected Utility scale for pursuing a career while the mother of young children. For much of the statistical analyses, a factor analytic approach was used to help summarize and describe the scores. The perceived costs of combining a career and motherhood may play a vital role in the individual's decision about her educational and vocational goals. There are several factors that may influence how the individual sees the effects of such role combination. These factors include her own marital and parental status and her experience of having been a child of a working (or nonworking) mother. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Welsh Branch of British Psychological Society (July 14, 1977, Cardiff, Wales); not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility