Work and family conflict: Expectations and planning among female college students

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Gail Markle
Dale E. Yeatts
Rudy Ray Seward
Sandra Spencer


Young women today anticipate full engagement in both career and family. The competing demands of family and work often result in work-family conflict. We administered a survey to 124 female college students exploring the importance they place on work and family roles. their expectations for combining these roles. and their attitudes toward planning for multiple roles. The results suggest that although college women are expecting to have demanding careers and involved family lives, they arc not planning realisti­cally in order to facilitate the combining of career and family roles with a minimum of conflict.

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