ERIC Number: ED204771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Some Effects of Sex-Role Socialization on Women Entering Journalism Careers.
McAdams, Katherine C.
A study examined the potential effects on journalism management of the recent influx of women into journalism schools. In addition, the study sought to predict the career progress of women currently in journalism schools to the editorial ranks by measuring feminine traits (the limited aspirations of women and feminine communication patterns) that are often thought to be barriers to career advancement. One hundred eighty journalism students (both male and female) completed questionnaires that included a sex role inventory, an inventory of communication style, and two questions designed to elicit expressions of career aspirations. Analysis of data involved comparing, by sex, mean scores on the variables of masculine socialization, feminine socialization, willingness to face conflict, and career aspirations. The results showed that masculine socialization was positively related to high aspirations and to a forceful communication style, while feminine socialization was negatively related to factors associated with career success. The results also showed that male and female journalism students had more similarities than differences and that the means for masculine socialization were nearly identical for the two groups. These findings led to the prediction that more women will move into management jobs in journalism in this decade. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Styles
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism (64th, East Lansing, MI, August 8-11, 1981).