ERIC Number: ED213819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Interactions of Work-Task Dimensions and Sex Differences in Occupational Choices. Research Report.
Athanasou, James A.
This study explored the effects of sex on responses to 247 items in the "Choice of Occupation Form" among a sample of 500 junior high school students in Australia. It was argued that there was substantial interaction between the types of work chosen (i.e., contact with people versus things and sex in the most frequently and infrequently liked occupations). The greatest differences in occupational choices were in males' orientation towards activities and occupations commonly classified as realistic, mechanical, or technical and females' preferences for social or personal contact occupations. Results suggest caution in the use of the Choice of Occupation Form, since recommendations and inferences about interests made on the basis of occupational choices, either from guidance interviews or from standardized tests, may be clearly sex-restrictive. Use of the sex-balanced items identified in the study may broaden choice options and ensure that vocational interests reflect a fundamental orientation towards things-people or data-ideas, rather than sex stereotypes of the effect of dominant forces in the society. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New South Wales Dept. of Industrial Relations and Technology, Darlinghurst (Australia). Div. of Vocational Guidance Services.