ERIC Number: ED348609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Gender Differences in the Readiness To Accept Career Compromise.
Most career decisions involve compromises. The need to compromise can be attributed to the fact that the characteristics of the options in the occupational world do not necessarily match the ideal career image of the career decision maker. This study examined the readiness to compromise and the content of compromise in 1,252 deliberating women and 751 deliberating men who used "MESHIV"--a computer-assisted career decision making system. Participants were aged 18 or older. The participants used MESHIV in one out of eight locations in Israel. Compromise was defined as the readiness to accept a range of levels instead of only the optimal level and as being indifferent with respect to certain complex aspects of regarding them "essential,""desirable,""indifferent,""undesirable," or"unacceptable." The findings revealed only a relatively few, small, yet interpretable differences between men and women in the readiness to accept career compromises. These differences in the readiness to compromise reflect differences in preferences. Specifically, gender differences were observed in complex aspects where one of the groups expressed a tendency for "unacceptable" (e.g., men were not willing to accept "providing mental help", whereas women expressed "unacceptable" for "using technical skills"), whereas the other group a tendency for "desirable" or "undesirable" in those same aspects. A tendency to report "desirable" or "undesirable" in one group (e.g., "teaching" for women) and "indifferent" in the other group (e.g., "teaching" for men) was also observed. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Compromise; Israel
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (100th, Washington, DC, August 14-18, 1992).