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ERIC Number: ED176194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Antecedent Difficulties in Goal-Setting For Women.
Inderlied, Sheila Davis
Some antecedent causes of the resistance or inability of women to set goals are explored. Aspects of socialization and education which determine the decision-making and goal-setting behavior of women in adolescence and in maturity are delineated. The thesis is put forth that political and societal institutions are, to a great extent, responsible for the inability of women to set formal or informal goals. Hall's (1972) model of coping strategies suggests three general mechanisms for dealing with goal-setting: Type I concerns structural role definition; Type II considers prioritizing role appropriate activities and Type III involves reorientation of role in response to others. A fourth type which may be added to this model includes a broader re-definition of existing social and political structures. Type III may elicit the most support from significant others in coping with conflict. Types I and IV would elicit least support and be most difficult to accomplish. Types I and IV are most closely related to long-range goals in that they require restructuring not only of role but of societal institutions. Strategies which consider each coping mechanism may include self-awareness, other awareness and societal awareness. An integrated analysis of goal-training and attainment places emphasis on individual, institutional and societal remedies and removes traditional responsibility from women themselves. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (59th, San Diego, California, April 5-8, 1979)