ERIC Number: ED209594
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
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Paired Comparisons Preference Scales of Career-Related Categories.
Feldstein, Jerome H.
Although research has shown that children tend to designate traditional sex-role areas when asked what they would like to be and that girls nominate a narrower range of vocations than do boys, more recent findings suggest that children of both sexes nominate equal numbers of vocations. Older girls, unlike boys, also choose nontraditional vocations. Sixth grade males (N=58) and females (N=63) and male (N=58) and female (N=117) college students scaled 7 career-related categories by the method of paired comparisons. The categories were classified as traditionally masculine (politics, athletics, finance, public relations) or traditionally feminine (fashion, education, health care). Subjects designated the more preferred alternative from each of the 21 possible pairs of categories. Both sexes had traditionally same-sex areas at the tops of their scales and opposite-sex categories at the bottoms; males preferred athletics most and fashion least, while females preferred health care and education most and politics least. Responses were consistent within subjects and significantly in agreement within groups. Scale values from the two male scales were significantly correlated as were those from the two female scales. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (52nd, New York, NY, April 22-25, 1981).