Young Australian women and their aspirations: "It's hard enough thinking a week or two in advance at the moment"

Johnstone, Melissa and Lee, Christina (2012) Young Australian women and their aspirations: "It's hard enough thinking a week or two in advance at the moment". Journal of Adolescent Research, 27 3: 351-376. doi:10.1177/0743558411409932


Author Johnstone, Melissa
Lee, Christina
Title Young Australian women and their aspirations: "It's hard enough thinking a week or two in advance at the moment"
Journal name Journal of Adolescent Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0743-5584
1552-6895
Publication date 2012-05-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0743558411409932
Volume 27
Issue 3
Start page 351
End page 376
Total pages 26
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Previous findings from quantitative research have shown that the majority of young Australian women aged 18 to 23 years aspire to be married, with children, and in the paid workforce when they are 35 years of age. However, the Theory of Emerging Adulthood suggests that this period of the lifespan is characterized by a prolonged stage of exploration and self-focussed identity formation, and young women could be expected to be in the process of formulating and changing their future plans and aspirations. Qualitative analysis is conducted on over 600 comments provided by young Australian women from The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health across three time points, on topics related to these women’s aspirations for the future. This analysis contextualizes existing, quantitative, findings on women’s aspirations for work and family, and provides a richer understanding of women’s thoughts about work and family, and their progression toward decision making around these future roles, in contemporary society.
Keyword Aspirations
Australian women
Emerging adulthood
Family
Identity
Qualitative work
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 5 June 2011.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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