Award Date

1-1-1990

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology

First Committee Member

Maralee Mayberry

Number of Pages

111

Abstract

This study explores ways in which women balance the demands of graduate school with other social roles and examines factors affecting role conflicts they encounter. Based on responses from a mail questionnaire, the survey describes experiences of 461 women graduate students at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1989. Moving beyond research that often considered only structural indicators as causes of role conflict, traditional and egalitarian gender ideologies within marriage are shown to have significant effect on wife-student role conflict. Various coping strategies are seen as indicators of role negotiating processes initiated by women in an effort to achieve personal goals, and illustrate how role definitions and norms can be changed through individual actions and desires where social structures sufficiently allow. Gender as a perspective is introduced to more fully explain the causes of role conflict among women and demonstrate the reflexive relationship between social interaction and social structure.

Keywords

Conflict; Gender; Graduate; Matter; Role; Students; Women

Controlled Subject

Women's studies; Social psychology; Sociology

File Format

pdf

File Size

5171.2 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/bo83-pzhs


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