ERIC Number: ED197239
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Working Woman and Self-Concept: A Growing Ambivalence.
In this document, personal experiences in counseling working women are recounted to add the dimension of personal ambivalence to the body of knowledge about discrimination against women, particularly the weak self-concept of women vis-a-vis their position in the work force. The paper begins with a discussion of role learning, in which women exist in a double bind which forces them to choose between being a healthy woman and a healthy human being, with the result that many women devalue themselves. Women's self-concept in relation to work is outlined in four categories of ambivalence: (1) guilt over allegiance to the wife/mother role; (2) allegiance to the feminist version of the correct female role; (3) self-identity and self-concept; and (4) the need to be validated by men. Illustrative anecdotes from case histories are presented with a description of treatment methods, consisting of exploring personal value systems relative to an ambivalent self-concept in the working world, and making choices between conflicting values. (CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).