Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Married women's voices and moral choices in work and family roles: A qualitative study of Evangelical and Mainline Christian women
by Lozano, Vonda L., Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology, 2002, 318; 3399495
Abstract (Summary)

Research on well-being suggests that in dual-earner couples, men benefit more from marriage than women, due to the differing nature of men and women's work and family roles (Hughes and Galinsky, 1994). Research on moral reasoning (Gilligan, 1982) and “loss of voice” in girls and women (Brown & Gilligan, 1992) suggest than women make decisions based on a care perspective and often sacrifice themselves in order to maintain relationship. This study describes married women's voices and how they make moral decisions regarding their work and family roles, and the subsequent impact on well-being.

Six women from evangelical and mainline Presbyterian churches were interviewed and described narratives of moral and relational choice around work and family roles. The interviews were analyzed at four levels—story, self/voice, care, and justice according to the Reading Guide/Guide to Listening (Brown, Tappan, Gilligan, Miller and Argyris, 1989; Brown, Debold, Tappan and Gilligan, 1991; Brown and Gilligan 1991, 1992). The women's “voices” were compared with measures of well-being, marital adjustment, family values progressivism and traditionalism. A composite voice was formed which highlights significant themes. The most significant theme was the woman's work was considered “extra” by her and her husband. Most of the women aligned themselves with the care perspective and this influenced their work and family choices. Church/faith experience may have accounted for more voice among these women than anticipated. Myths of the modern Christian family need to be challenged.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Furrow, James L.
School: Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 71/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Social psychology, Womens studies, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Christian, Dual-earner couples, Evangelical, Family, Married women's voices, Moral choices, Well-being, Women
Publication Number: 3399495
ISBN: 978-1-109-65851-4
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