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ERIC Number: ED262343
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Personality Profiles of Noncollege-degreed Women in Male and Female Typical Occupations.
Mazen, A. Magid
Research on women in atypical occupations has generally focused on highly educated women and has neglected to compare atypically employed women to equally educated women in sex-typical occupations. Since the median American worker has only 13.6 years of schooling, the lack of research on the personality characteristics of noncollege-degreed women employees constitutes a serious deficiency. A study was conducted to examine personality profiles of 171 women employed in four female typical occupations (FTO) and two male typical occupations (MTO). The California Psychological Inventory was completed by 131 women in FTOs (licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, hair stylists, secretaries) and 40 women in MTOs (police officers, industrial craftswomen). A stepwise discriminant analysis revealed five personality variables which differentiated very significantly between women in FTO and MTO. Compared to FTO employees, MTO employees were: (1) more dependable, tactful, patient, and realistic (community scale); (2) more aggressive, confident, persistent and planful, and possessive of leadership potential and initiative (dominance scale); (3) less excitable, impulsive, and uninhibited (self-control scale); (4) less shy, conventional, stereotyped in thinking, and restricted in outlook and interests (capacity for status scale); and (5) more outgoing, hard-headed, ambitious, masculine, and restless (femininity scale). (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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