ERIC Number: ED106728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
The Socialization of Freshwomen Medical Students.
Frank, Harold H.; Katcher, Aaron H.
The purpose of this paper was to show how women medical students are socialized into their student role. The sample group was made up of 24 groups of six medical students, up to half of whom were women. The data were collected from responses to a questionnaire administered to the members of each group at the beginning of the semester and again at the end. The findings indicated that a solo woman poses the greatest threat to the security and stability of a formerly all-male group, and as such is subject to intense peer pressure to assume a low profile. A group with several women poses a somewhat different situation. Two women in a group do not necessarily form a supportive dyad, as the men in the group may succeed in dividing the women thereby minimizing the threat. Groups with three women seem to offer the greatest potential for self-actualization by women. The authors recommend that faculty responsible for forming mixed-sex groups of medical students do so, where feasible, in approximately equal numbers of men and women. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30-April 3, 1975); Figure 1 and Exhibit 1 are copy-righted and therefore not available. They are not included in the pagination