|Abstract or Summary
- The purpose of this paper was to study the relationship of a
high school family life course to post high school problems and
marriage role expectations. The specific objective of the study was
to determine whether or not there is a relationship between participation
in a high school family life course and perceived problems and
marriage role expectations.
The subjects were girls who had completed a high school family
life course from two high schools, in a North-Central California
coast community, and their matched control group. The matching of
the control persons with the family life students was done with regard
to age, ethnic group, marital status and high school grade point
average. A follow-up study was conducted, approximately two years
after graduation, by mailing the instruments to the subjects. Forty-three of the experimental group and 35 of the control group
responded. This represented forty-six percent of the total.
Null hypotheses were formulated regarding the personal problems
and the marriage role expectations of the two groups.
The Mooney Problem Check List (MPCL) was used to determine
the number and kinds of concerns of the subjects. The statements
were related to nine areas: health, personality, self-improvement,
economic security, home and family, religion, courtship, sex
The Dunn Marriage Role Expectation Inventory (DMREI) was
used to determine whether the former family life students had more
modern (equalitarian) marriage role expectations when compared
with the control group. This instrument consists of 71 statements
regarding expectations in the marriage roles and are related to
seven areas: authority, homemaking, child care, personal characteristics,
social participation, education, employment and support.
The analysis of variance was used to test for a significant
difference in the responses of the experimental and control groups
for both the MPCL and DMREI.
An F value of .007 in a comparison of marriage role expectations
of the two groups made it impossible to reject the null hypothesis
that there is no difference in marriage role expectations of
former family life students and non family life students. An F value of .360 in a comparison of the total number of
problems and F values below the level of significance in each of the
nine areas in the comparison of the experimental and control groups
made it impossible to reject the null hypothesis that there is no difference in the life adjustment problems of the two groups.
Factors which may have effected the results of the study,
limitations of the study and suggestions for further research were