ERIC Number: ED308340
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Sex Differences in Career Self-Efficacy.
Stickel, Sue A.; Bonett, Rhonda M.
The results of a study of the self-efficacy of 59 male and 71 female students, at a midsized western university, using a psychometric assessment instrument called the Career Attitude Survey (CAS) developed for the study, may be summarized as follows: (1) females but not males exhibited greater self-efficacy for traditional female occupations than nontraditional occupations; (2) females were more confident that they could combine home/family responsibilities with a traditional career than with a nontraditional career, whereas males showed no differences in confidence in their ability to combine family responsibilities with traditional or nontraditional occupations; (3) females considered traditional occupations more frequently than nontraditional occupations, whereas males considered nontraditional occupations more frequently than traditional female occupations. (Self-efficacy was considered to be the belief in one's ability to perform a given behavior successfully.) The CAS included descriptions of 10 traditionally female occupations and 10 traditionally male occupations. Subjects used a five-point Likert scale to rate themselves along the three dimensions for each occupation. Internal consistency coefficients (alpha) for the CAS were .8914, .9123, and .6324. (A 17-item bibliography concludes the document.) (CML)
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