ERIC Number: ED134878
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Challenging the Traditional Female Role: An Exploration of Women's Attitudes and Career Aspirations.
Zuckerman, Diana M.
The purpose of this paper was to restructure, review, and clarify the research that has been conducted in the areas of women's career commitment, educational aspirations, nontraditional career goals and choices, and feminism. The review indicates that, despite a large number of studies, particularly in the area of women's career commitment and goals, very few conclusions can be reached. The research literature has been plagued by the lack of control of potentially influential variables, and a lack of studies using national samples. Some of the original measures of career commitment are now outdated. With career commitment increasingly widespread among college women, there is evidence that women's goals have become increasingly unrealistic and that many women are still ambivalent about homemaking and careers. A study of 85 Ohio State University women students using a questionnaire, the Rosenberg Sex-Esteem Scale, and the Spence and Helmreich Attitudes toward Women Scale (AWS) is reported in detail. This study examines the relationship of various dimensions, such as career commitment, higher education aspirations, pioneer career goals and feminist attitudes, to challenging the traditional female role. A number of future research foci are suggested. (Author/KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document ; Ph.D. Dissertation, Ohio State University