Changing roles of women regarding work outside the home

The purpose of this thesis was twofold. The primary concern was to resolve the question of the mothers' employment patterns as a variable that influence daughters’ occupational roles. The secondary purpose was to determine if adolescent girls who are attending a middle-class Southland high school have rejected aspects of the traditional feminine occupational roles. The examination of the literature reveals conflicting findings from previous studies. One thousand and forty-eight adolescent female students between the ages of fifteen and eighteen years of age participated in this study. The girls were white and predominantly middle class and they all attended Chatsworth High School, which is located in the San Fernando Valley. A questionnaire consisting of ten items was developed for use in this study. The predictions of the hypothesis of problem were found not to be significant. The results showed that mothers' employment patterns have no influence on their daughters' expected occupational role patterns. It was found that the predictions of the hypothesis for problem II were confirmed. It was revealed that the adolescent girls of Chatsworth High School have rejected several aspects of the traditional feminine occupational role, which may indicate a transitional phase toward the actualization of their potential.