The Mature Aged Students Dilemna - Distinctions or Divorce?

Year: 1986

Author: Desmarchelier, Carmel

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Subjects perceptions of their role as full time mature aged students were elicited by questionnaires and interviews. Areas of focus were i) their rationale for studying, 2) perceived differences between adult and schoolleaver students and 3) the effects of studying on their adult roles and relationships.

The results indicate mature aged students perceive themselves as different from, but not separate to, schoolleavers. Analysis of their previous employment, reasons for enroling, high motivation, role negotiation, performance, lifestyle and economic concerns indicated that budgeting time and accommodating to partner and/or children's needs were sources of conflict and contributed to marital breakdown.