High school students' occupational interest as a function of projected sex ratios in male-dominated occupations

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To demonstrate that the sexual composition of a field influences a woman's career interests and preferences, a study was designed to determine the effects of projected shifts in the sexual composition of 2 occupations presently dominated by males. 144 male and female high school students were led to believe that the proportion of women in one of those occupations would be 10% (token), 30% (minority), or 50% (equal) in 15 yrs. Results indicate that, as predicted, projections of more-balanced sex ratios encouraged greater occupational interest among women; however, a totally balanced sex ratio was shown to reduce the degree of occupational interest expressed by men. (6 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)275-279
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1979



  • projected shifts in sexual composition of male dominated occupations, career interests & preferences, male vs female high school students

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  • Applied Psychology

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