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ERIC Number: ED176109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Sex Role Values in the Career Decision-Making Process. Final Report.
Tittle, Carol Hehr
Current career education curricula seems to neglect basic elements of career decision making for women. This criticism was addressed by first developing sets of values in the areas of marriage and parenthood and then examining the relationships of the values to educational, occupational, fertility, and labor force participation plans. Six hundred urban 11th grade students were individually interviewed to ascertain their levels of educational and occupational aspirations. Students represented equally both sexes, three ethnic groups, and two socio-economic levels. Responses to tasks requiring ranking and rating of alternative work patterns and occupational, marriage, and parenthood values were analyzed. Values, particularly the occupational and parenthood values, demonstrated a relationship with level of educational aspirations. Weaker relationships were found for the values and occupational aspirations. Factor analyses of the values demonstrated both independence and overlap among the three sets. The major group differences found for the values were sex, then SES, and few ethnic group differences. The results indicate that theorists in career development and career decision making must expand their perspectives to include a larger set of adult roles (work, marriage and homemaking, and parenthood) in order to understand women's career choices. (Author/BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Greensboro.