ERIC Number: ED186637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Barriers to Entry into Non-Traditional Occupations for Women: A Study to Determine the Ability to Discriminate among Groups.
Denbroeder, Karen L; Thomas, Hollie B.
The purpose of the study reported in this speech was to ascertain whether perceived barriers to entering nontraditional occupations as measured by a barriers-to-entry survey could be employed to accurately discriminate among women's consideration of a nontraditional occupation. Using a stratified random sample of 500 women (51% response) living in a moderately large Southeastern city who were employed in traditional occupations of nursing, teaching, and secretarial work, the two-part survey sought to discriminate among women who had given little, serious, or no consideration to entering a nontraditional occupation. Results of the survey indicate that membership in these deterrent groups can be identified on the basis of perceived barriers. Specifically, the findings lend support to two assumptions: (1) the greater the consideration a woman gives to nontraditional occupations, the more she will be deterred and the more helpless she learns to feel; (2) women discover that the role of female is considered more important than a career role, even when entering a nontraditional field. (The data and the complete eighteen-page questionnaire, Survey of Women's Attitudes about Careers are included.) (MEK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Boston, MA, April, 1980).