ERIC Number: ED249833
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Graduate Women's Career Salience, Aspirations, and Involvement.
Lentz, Linda P.
The career salience and career involvement of young women 1 year after graduation were assessed. Respondents attended nine coeducational colleges and six women's colleges located in the U.S. northeast. It was found that graduates of very selective women's colleges had a higher career salience rating on the Life Style Index than did their counterparts at coeducational colleges. Graduates of highly selective women's colleges were more career salient than were women at either very selective or selective coeducational colleges. The most important predictor of career involvement 1 year after college graduation was whether or not the woman had actively chosen an occupation she wished to pursue. Secondary factors were: importance attached to having a career, grade point average at graduation, and maternal attitudes. Among coeducational colleges, graduates of selective schools were significantly less role innovative than were graduates of very or highly selective schools. It was found that the career salient woman generally had a mother who was employed and did not perceive that her mother criticized her unfairly. The career salient woman also considered a career important to her personal satisfaction and she supported sexual equality. The study questionnaire is appended. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Women's Educational Equity Act Program (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Career Salience