ERIC Number: ED193121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Female Social Workers toward Administrative Positions.
Munson, Carlton E.
This paper discusses a study to determine attitudes among women in the field of social work regarding opportunities for professional advancement. Specifically, the study investigated whether female social workers noticed differences in opportunity among males and females to be recruited to management positions and to hold management positions once they were recruited. The study also compared perceptions of women who desire administrative positions and those who do not. A random sample of 1,000 female members of the National Association of Social Workers received a five-page questionnaire. Among other background statistics which were collected, a breakdown by administrative status and desire for administrative positions became the basis for analyzing responses. Questions covered sexist practices in hiring, personal/professional conflicts, need for aggressiveness, role models, and personal and organizational supports. A major finding was that women who are non-administrators with desire to be, perceive sexist practices at a higher level, see a need to be aggressive to get ahead, undergo more professional conflict, and desire more organizational support for their career goals. The author suggests that training programs be developed for women seeking management positions. These programs should teach women to be competitive, take and give criticism, develop role models, use language and code words, develop networks of contacts, take risks, develop stamina, and never expect praise. (Author/AV)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Selection, Career Development, Comparative Analysis, Employee Attitudes, Females, Males, Managerial Occupations, Occupational Aspiration, Professional Development, Research Methodology, Sex Fairness, Sex Role, Sex Stereotypes, Social Science Research, Social Work, Social Workers, Success
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Association of Social Workers Professional Symposium (6th, San Antonio, TX, November 14-17, 1979).