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ERIC Number: EJ1008142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0140-1971
What Will I Be when I Grow up? The Impact of Gender Identity Threat on Adolescents' Occupational Preferences
Sinclair, Samantha; Carlsson, Rickard
Journal of Adolescence, v36 n3 p465-474 Jun 2013
The present study examined the impact of gender identity threat on adolescents' occupational preferences. Two hundred and ninety-seven adolescents (45% girls, M age = 14.4, SD = 0.54) participated in the experiment. There were substantial differences between boys' and girls' occupational preferences. Importantly, adolescents who received a threat to their gender identity became more stereotypical in job preferences, suggesting a causal link between threatened gender identity and stereotypical preferences. A comparison threat to one's capability did not have this effect, indicating a unique effect of gender identity threat. Further, individual differences in gender identity concerns predicted gender stereotypical preferences, and this finding was replicated with an independent sample (N = 242). In conclusion, the results suggest that threats to adolescents' gender identity may contribute to the large gender segregation on the labor market. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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