ERIC Number: ED227414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Self-Perceived Abilities, Values, and Stresses of Future Female Psychologists.
Zuckerman, Diana M.
Many research studies have used samples of women in introductory psychology courses, but few studies have focused on women interested in careers in psychology. To compare women who aspire to careers in psychology with those aspiring to other professions, 428 women in their senior year at seven colleges completed questionnaires assessing career goals and values, family background, self-esteem, self-concept, and stress variables. Women aspiring to careers and doctoral degrees in psychology were compared to those aspiring to other professional careers as well as to undecided students. The number of women planning on a doctoral degree in psychology was quite small. While they did not differ greatly from other students in demographic and family background, these women tended to be more altruistic and reported greater stress in intimate relationships. Future psychologists consistently emphasized interpersonal relationships in their values, self-concepts, and worries. While the implications of these findings must be interpreted cautiously due to the small sample of future psychologists, the results suggest directions for future research on the values and process of vocational choice for women. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Radcliffe Coll., Cambridge, MA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).