This study explores how college-aged women who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) make decisions about choosing a career or staying home full-time. It examines how committed they are to multiple role planning, what influence their mothers have on their decision-making process, how much they know about the roles they will assume in the future, how certain they are about choosing these roles, and how involved they are in the decision-making process itself. The LDS Decision-Making (LDSDM) scale was answered by 149 junior and senior women at Brigham Young University. Four factors were found that affect decision-making in this population: (1) commitment to the single role of motherhood, (2)preceiving that mothers were happiest as homemakers, (3) lack of confidence in planning for multiple roles, and (4) active involvement in the decision-making process. Significant differences were also found between women in different academic majors. The counsel of church leaders and personal inspiration " as well as the perception that their mothers are extremely satisfied in their roles as homemakers " seem to most influence young women's decisions about their lives.
Vigil, Jennifer M.; Ballif-Spanvill, Bonnie; and Nichols, Rebecca R.
"Family and Career Decision-Making among LDS Women at Brigham Young University,"
Issues in Religion and Psychotherapy: Vol. 28
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/irp/vol28/iss1/2