ERIC Number: ED414531
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
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Career Salience and Gender-Role Attitudes in Medical Students.
Hartung, Paul J.; Rogers, James R.
Work and family form a core relationship in people's lives and many individuals struggle to balance these responsibilities. To explore this balance, some of the issues surrounding attitudes toward gender equality and work-family commitment as related to medical students, are examined in this report. The research focused on patterns of commitment to work and family among 271 medical students in an accelerated, six-year medical training program. The students' attitudes toward feminism and the women's movement were examined, as well as the extent to which commitment to work, commitment to family, and attitudes toward feminism and the women's movement interrelate. Results of the study revealed significant class rank differences in measures of work and family commitment, suggesting that third-year medical students were more committed to home and family than were students in lower ranks. A significant sex difference in scores on a measure of gender-role attitudes was also found, indicating that female medical students feel more positively than males about gains in equal rights made by the women's movement. Overall, the findings indicate that the students in the study felt committed both to career and family. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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