Lifestyle Preference Theory: no match for young Australian women

Johnstone, Melissa and Lee, Christina (2014) Lifestyle Preference Theory: no match for young Australian women. Journal of Sociology, OnlineFirst 1-17. doi:10.1177/1440783313518247

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Author Johnstone, Melissa
Lee, Christina
Title Lifestyle Preference Theory: no match for young Australian women
Journal name Journal of Sociology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-7833
Publication date 2014-02-26
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1440783313518247
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume OnlineFirst
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Women’s work and family choices are affected by social pressures and external constraints. Understanding young women’s aspirations for future work and family is important for understanding their future needs and for developing supportive work–family practices and policies. Despite criticism, Lifestyle Preference Theory has been argued to explain women’s life choices, and historically has been used to inform Australian policy. We address three issues: whether Lifestyle Preference Groups are consistent with young Australian women’s stated preferences; whether aspirations are consistent over time; and whether women’s later lives are consistent with their earlier stated preferences. Using four waves of data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH), young women’s work and family aspirations were investigated cross-sectionally and longitudinally. Most aspired to both paid work and family; most changed their preferences over time; and the fit between preferences in 2000 and lifestyle in 2009 was modest. Lifestyle Preference Theory was not an adequate fit to the data.
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Additional Notes Published online before print February 26, 2014,

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