ERIC Number: ED250623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Professional Black Women and Men: An Exploratory Study of Their Personal and Career Development.
Reid, Pamela Trotman; Robinson, W. LaVome
To explicate the conditions under which black men and women have achieved success, using blacks as a legitimate population rather than as deviants from a majority group, factors related to academic and professional achievement by black men and women were explored. Sixty-four black professionals with doctoral degrees, including college professors, dentists, lawyers, psychologists, physicians, secondary school teachers, and scientists, were asked about personal, family background, career development, and personality factors. Results indicated that parental education was an important factor in the black professionals' family background. Black women came from middle class, well-educated families more often than did black men. They were also more likely to be unmarried, to be childless, and to express no religious affiliation. Family members were most often the influential persons who assisted in the black professional's career decisions. Most of these professionals were satisfied with their career selection and their progress in their field; those who were dissatisfied believed themselves responsible for any lack of progress. These professionals were found to be highly motivated and self-oriented. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tennessee Univ., Chattanooga.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (30th, New Orleans, LA, March 28-31, 1984).