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Record identifier : 568870
Personal Name - Primary Intelectual Responsibility : McNulty, Kathleen A
Title and statement of responsibility : Midlife reflections of mid-career doctoral students: Gender comparisons [Thesis]
Publication, Distribution,Etc. : Fielding Graduate University, 2009
Language of the Item : eng
Dissertation of thesis details and type of degree : Ph.D
Body granting the degree : , Fielding Graduate University
Summary or Abstract : Midlife, the period between ages 40 and 60, is a phase of development that has acquired considerable attention in the psychological literature. Developmental theory has been challenged to account for differences in the psychology of men and women. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between gender, midlife reflection, and doctoral-level higher education. Shedding light on gender-related similarities and differences in midlife reflections, including the decision to return to school to complete a graduate degree, can offer psychologists, counselors, and adult educational institutions insight into the midlife experience for men and women.This dissertation used archival data from a larger research study of doctoral students in a distributed-learning model program of graduate education conducted at Fielding Graduate University (Hatcher, Hardy, Waddell, Hiltz, & McGregor, 2007). Data from the Hatcher et al. research study survey were analyzed to compare female and male participants' midlife reflections in the areas of life satisfaction, coping strategies, expressions of midcourse corrections related to career and relational domains, and the influence of important others on career decisions.Results of this study indicated a fairly consistent trend that women referenced relational aspects more often than men. While men also endorsed relational issues, they did so to a lesser degree than women. A statistically significant difference was found between men and women with respect to referencing encouragement and/or support versus role models in describing "important others." In addition, women were nearly twice as likely to report relational mentions regarding life satisfaction than were men.Results also highlighted more similarities than differences between the genders in this sample in coping strategies and importance of flexibility as a reason for choosing a distributed learning model doctoral program.Findings can further our understanding of how gender may impact the reflections of midlife men and women. The outcomes of this study can serve to inform adult educational institutions of the differences and similarities in gender-related issues of midlife learners, provide information to help graduate educational institutions better understand their student populations, and have further application for the practice of clinical psychology..
Topical Name Used as Subject : Educational psychology
: Developmental psychology
Information of biblio record : TL
 
 
 
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