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Caribbean Journal of Education

Mature Women in Higher Education: Exploring Conflicts and Stresses

Publication Date: 
April 2007

This study examined the impact on the lives of mature women of their participation in full-time undergraduate degree programmes at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Factors explored included the women’s stated motives for entering the university; differences in these motives based on specific demographic and biographic characteristics; the impact of this experience on their multiple gender roles; the personal and/or institutional challenges these women faced, and the coping mechanisms they employed in order to persist with their programmes of study.

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