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What do Education and Work Mean?


Chang, JS, What do Education and Work Mean?, Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 27, (1) pp. 13-40. ISSN 0047-2328 (1996) [Refereed Article]


This paper examines the impacts of education and nonfamilial work/living experiences on premarital sex for women in Taiwan, by proposing a life-course approach. The data were from the 1986 island-wide KAP-6 survey. The sample size was about 5,000 and the respondent rate was 86%. The major findings from both age-specific and cross-sectional analyses are below: 1. The net impact of school attendance on premarital sex was significant. Exit from school was the first requirement for readiness for adulthood or marriage. 2. The net impacts of educational attainment on age-specific likelihood of premarital sex were inconsistent and insignificant across ages for Taiwanese women. This is because educational attainment actually includes several dimensions which result in different, even contrary, effects on premarital sex. 3. The effects of nonfamilial work/living experiences on premarital sex were only statistically significant at some of the most marriageable ages for Taiwanese women. The potential positive impact of nonfamilial work/living experiences on premarital sex appears to be conditioned by the pre-existing values for women in Taiwan.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Chang, JS (Dr Jui-shan Chang)
ID Code:7916
Year Published:1996
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Sociology
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-19

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