The new housewife

Date of publication: August 1, 1967

Author: Timothy Joyce


The subject of this paper is a comprehensive study which attempted to provide a basis for better understanding of the new housewife, and in particular, the interpersonal and impersonal forces which influence her attitudes andr behaviour. A sample of 1172 women aged 16-34 provided the nucleus for the study, and the opportunity to look at six different "life-cycle" groups of young women: unmarried girls who are unattached, those planning to get married, "new housewives" before the arrival of the first child, "new mothers" whose first child is under one year old, mothers of small children, and mothers of school-age children.

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