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ERIC Number: ED258836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 33
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Strategies for Coping with Stress: Case Histories of Four Women Scientists.
Donnellan, LaRae M.
As a minority, women experience stress because of their gender when they enter the male-dominated profession of science. A review of the coping strategies used by women in dealing with the psychologically stressful situations of choosing a career in science is presented in this paper. This study is based on interviews with four women trained in traditionally male-dominated sciences and who are presently working at universities. They include an examination of the approaches used in responding to: (1) selection of career and life choices; (2) handling evaluations of worth; (3) dealing with discrimination and job conflicts; and (4) dealing with role conflicts in a dual-career marriage. Some of the coping strategies include having a positive self image, discounting negative evaluations, and postponing and/or sharing child rearing. Following the case studies are discussions and analyses of the life stresses and coping strategies employed by the women scientists. Profiles of women who choose nontraditional careers are also included. (ML)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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