ERIC Number: ED189465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Do Men and Women Work for the Same Reasons? Job Attribute Preferences and Work Commitment.
Lacy, William B.; And Others
Utilizing data from four representative national samples, a study was conducted to explore the extent of assumed sex differences in preferences for work attributes and commitment to continuing labor force participation. The results indicated only minimal differences between males and females. Both sexes identified meaningfulness of the work as the most important job attribute and rank ordered the other four job attributes studied in the same sequence. Although income, education, and occupational prestige influenced preferences for job attributes, they did not affect the general findings of similar preferences among males and females. In addition, a majority of both sexes indicated a commitment to work regardless of economic necessity. Married women, however, reported slightly greater preferences for meaningful work, less interest in job security, and less willingness to continue working if economically unnecessary. (Implications of the findings are discussed.) (Author/BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Portions of this paper were presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society (March 1980).