ERIC Number: ED249841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
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The Women's Lifepaths Study: The Course of Role-Innovation over 14 Years.
Tangri, Sandra S.
Results of a longitudinal study of career development and associated life changes are reported for a sample of women in the Michigan Student Study. Data were collected in 1967, 1970, and 1981. The sample was stratified according to the traditionality of the occupation that the women said they intended to enter. "Traditionality" was defined in terms of the proportion of women in the occupation. One-third were role "innovators" who chose occupations in which women were represented at less than their proportion in the civilian labor force (30 percent). One-third were "traditionals" who chose occupations in which women constituted more than half of the labor force. And one-third were "moderates" who chose occupations in which the work force was between 20 and 50 percent female. Findings include the following: women who were role-innovators in 1981 had achieved higher levels of education and showed many of the work-related characteristics of the 1967 role-innovators (i.e., with respect to employment, salary, career progress, job characteristics, and job difficulties). For role-innovators, there was strong continuity and carrying out of intentions with respect both to occupational plans and to marital and family plans. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).