Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2001

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Lisa M. Larson

Abstract

Drawing on prior research that has encompassed three conceptual phases, the current study aims to further expand the multiple role coping literature. Initial work centered around women's expanding roles and gender comparison research, while more recent research has focused on attitudes about and sociopolitical influences on home and career role conflict and coping strategies. Prior multiple role conflict coping instruments have lacked adequate psychometric properties, or have focused on attitudinal orientations toward multiple roles. A sample of employed mothers was collected (N = 266) to further validate the Multiple Role Coping Inventory (MRCI). The authors initially investigated the factor structure of the MRCI using an undergraduate sample (Karr & Larson, 1999), measuring intentions to use the specified coping strategies. For the present study, a principal-axis factor analysis was conducted to determine the factor structure using the new sample. Four factors emerged: Proactive Coping, Egalitarian Family Relationships, Lack of Guilt, and Career Commitment. The MRCI holds promise for assessment, intervention, and research in the areas of career counseling and development, couples and family therapy, and individual therapy.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-76

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Carolyn Anne Karr

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI3034194

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

144 pages

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