ERIC Number: ED294043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Job Stability among Young Women: A Comparison of Traditional and Nontraditional Occupations. A Rand Note.
Waite, Linda J.; Berryman, Sue E.
This study explores young women's retention in sex-atypical jobs in the military and in civilian firms. It tests the hypothesis that women tend to leave stereotypically male jobs at higher rates than they leave stereotypically female jobs. The study models job turnover over a one-year period as a function of (1) the sex composition of an occupation in the national labor force; (2) the extent of potential mismatch between the employee and the job; (3) the attractiveness of the job; (4) the attractiveness of alternatives to employment; and (5) demographic and social characteristics of the individual. Tests of the hypothesis, using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth Labor Market Behavior, provide no evidence that being in a nontraditional occupation increases the chances that a young woman will leave her current employer. The military sector shows a more complex relationship between occupational typicality and women's exit from the services. (KC)
Descriptors: Career Development, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Patterns, Employment Problems, Females, Labor Turnover, Military Personnel, Nontraditional Occupations, Work Attitudes, Work Life Expectancy, Young Adults
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.
Note: For a related document, see ED 266 268.