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ERIC Number: ED183988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Pages: 15
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Reference Count: 0
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Relative Deprivation Among Secretaries: The Effects of the Token Female Executive.
Martin, Joanne; And Others
It was predicted that the inclusion of token females into executive job classifications would exacerbate feelings of relative deprivation among female secretaries and would therefore create alienated behavior on the part of the secretaries. An opposite pattern was found. Secretarial subjects (N=68) were randomly assigned to an all-male or token-female condition. Subjects in the token-female condition were more satisfied with secretarial and executive pay levels, were less willing to quit, and predicted lower annual turnover rates among secretaries. Subjects in the token-female executive conditions thought that promotions out of the secretarial ranks were both more likely and less desirable. Contrary to predictions, token integration of the executive ranks alleviated relative deprivation among female secretaries and made them more, rather than less, satisfied with their current positions. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979)