Young Australian women's aspirations for work, marriage and family: 'I guess I am just another person who wants it all'

Arthur, Nicole and Lee, Christina (2008) Young Australian women's aspirations for work, marriage and family: 'I guess I am just another person who wants it all'. Journal of Health Psychology, 13 5: 589-596. doi:10.1177/1359105308090931


Author Arthur, Nicole
Lee, Christina
Title Young Australian women's aspirations for work, marriage and family: 'I guess I am just another person who wants it all'
Journal name Journal of Health Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-1053
Publication date 2008-07-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1359105308090931
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 13
Issue 5
Start page 589
End page 596
Total pages 8
Editor David Marks
Place of publication London, England
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject C1
170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
920507 Women's Health
Abstract Multiple roles remain a reality for women. While there is debate over whether this arises from personal aspirations or social arrangements, it is clear that it results in stress and reductions in emotional well-being. We asked 13 female Australian university students about their aspirations for age 35, with reference to relationships, motherhood and work, and conducted a thematic analysis. Most aspired to traditional roles as wives, mothers and part-time workers, despite simultaneously wanting postgraduate professional education. They expected husbands in professional careers who would meet the family's financial needs. Strong implicit assumptions regarding gender and social class were identified. The analysis raises the question of young men's aspirations and their match with women's.
Keyword aspirations
qualitative
roles
women
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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