ERIC Number: ED216261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Sex Role Stereotypes and Women's Choice of Innovative Fields of Study.
Erez, Miriam; Shaier-Barazani, Judith
Women are significantly underrepresented in those occupations most highly valued in Western society. To investigate sex role stereotypes as the discriminant variable between female students in male programs and in traditionally female programs, female Israeli vocational high school students (N=1,138) completed the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BRSI), assessments of fear of success, attitudes toward women's roles, orientation toward work, and rated 30 occupations from Holland's six occupation fields. Analyses of results pointed to significant differences between the two groups. Female students in traditionally male programs, in contrast to females in traditional female programs, perceived more occupations as suitable for men and women, presented an androgynous self-concept, exhibited less fear of success and more liberal attitudes toward women's roles, and were more work-oriented. The findings support the hypothesis that sex role stereotypes are significantly related to women's choice of innovative versus traditional fields of study. (MCF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981). Best copy available.