ERIC Number: ED229123
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Icabod Crane in Day Care II: Teachers' Concerns about Male Caregivers.
Gordon, Tom; Draper, Thomas W.
To explore the issue of prejudice against male participation in child care professions, a study was conducted with 13 female students in the process of completing 2-year associate degrees in child care. Subjects responded to a projective measure on which they were asked to inspect a list of nine personal "deficiencies" and rate, on a seven-point Likert scale, how important each might be in negatively judging child care workers of both sexes. Subjects were randomly assigned to a male/female or a female/male sequence of consideration. The nine deficiencies included laziness, low intelligence, emotional instability, homosexuality, fear of competition, lack of social skills, physical weakness, inability to do other types of work, and dependent personality. Results of statistical analyses indicated prospective teachers were significantly more concerned about emotional stability than about fear of competition. Strong individual differences in how subjects viewed child care workers were found. On two of the deficiencies, homosexuality and laziness, subjects indicated that there would be greater concern about male than female child care workers. It was concluded that results support the view that males in child care face prejudices from coworkers--prejudices similar to those encountered by males employed in other traditionally female-dominated occupations. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Sex Segregation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Snowbird, UT, April 26-30, 1983).