Life structure decisions: Factors related to career-marriage priorities in college youth

Susan J. Johnson, James Jaccard

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The present research conceptualizes life structure, or the pattern of life, as the ordering of priorities among competing alternatives. Intentions to emphasize career, marriage, or both were investigated for college students. Variations in these intentions were seen as resulting from differences in two classes of variables: (a) the perceived consequences of emphasizing the alternative; and (b) perceived normative pressures. A subjective probability model of the relationship between beliefs and behavioral intentions was used as a framework for determining the importance of these factors. The considerations identified as most likely to have a direct impact on life structure dealt primarily with interpersonal relations, particularly marriage and family. In general, the data suggested that the subjective probability model may be useful for further understanding of life structure decisions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-295
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Applied Developmental Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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