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The Determinants of Young Women's Intentions About Education, Career Development and Family Life

Marks, Gillian, Houston, Diane M. (2002) The Determinants of Young Women's Intentions About Education, Career Development and Family Life. Journal of Education and Work, 15 (3). pp. 321-336. ISSN 1363-9080. (doi:10.1080/1363908022000012085) (KAR id:4380)

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A questionnaire survey was conducted to investigate the factors that shape high-achieving young women's plans about further education, career development, having a child and combining work and motherhood. A sample of 92 grammar school girls aged 15 to 17 took part in the study. It was found that the education and career plans of these young women were influenced by their anticipated role as a mother and their perception of social pressure to give up work to care for their children. Despite strong intentions to have a career and gain further educational qualifications, the perceived acceptability of combining work with motherhood influenced the certainty with which they formed these plans. It is concluded that if women are to have equal opportunities to work and have careers, these issues should be explicitly addressed at an early stage in their schooling.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/1363908022000012085
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Diane Houston
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2008 08:45 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:42 UTC
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