Date Approved

5-2-2007

Embargo Period

3-29-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Second Advisor

Epifanio, Frank

Subject(s)

Educational attainment--New Jersey; Women college students--New Jersey

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to understand if mothers have an influence on their daughters by (a) determining if a relationship existed between the educational attainment of mothers and the level of education female college students strive to achieve and (b) verifying if female college students are more likely to come from households with working mothers and dual-career families. A sample of 50 predominantly Caucasian female college students at Rowan University were surveyed on their personal and family background. A non-parametric correlation test revealed that a significant relationship existed between the educational attainment of mothers and the aspired educational level of their daughters although it was an inverted relationship. Descriptive statistics show that the majority of participants came from homes with a working mother and dual-career-families. Implications for future research refer to more detailed studies to discover an influential relationship between mothers and daughters.

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