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ERIC Number: EJ850244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0361-6843
Identities in Harmony: Gender-Work Identity Integration Moderates Frame Switching in Cognitive Processing
Sacharin, Vera; Lee, Fiona; Gonzalez, Richard
Psychology of Women Quarterly, v33 n3 p275-284 Sep 2009
Professional women's identity integration--the perceived compatibility between work and gender identities--plays a role in how task or relationship information is processed. Seventy female business school students were primed with either their professional or their gender identity. Business women with higher identity integration showed an assimilation effect to the primed cue. Specifically, they showed higher task orientation than relationship orientation in a recognition task when primed with their professional identity, but less so when primed with their gender identity. Business women with lower identity integration showed a contrast effect to the primed cue: Their recognition reflected a task-relationship orientation opposite to the primed cue. We discuss the implications of these findings for understanding women's performance at work.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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