A comparative study of transitional role strain in reentry women students



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Texas Tech University


The problem under investigation was the analysis of role strain experienced by married reentry women students as they functioned in their multiple roles of student-wife-mother-worker.

Participating in the research were 480 reentry women enrolled in a major university and a community college situated in West Texas. The study included a profile of the average reentry student and analyses of student reentry motives and problems encountered.

Significant relationships were observed between role strain and several variables including multiple roles, self-esteem, employment, and spouse support. There was no significant difference in the degree of role strain experienced by university women or community college women, nor between graduate and undergraduate students. Data indicate reentry women are concerned with time management and fatigue, and the effect of college demands on marital and family relationships.