Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This study uses the possible selves theory (Markus & Nurius, 1986) to examine the differences between 27 undergraduate men and 27 undergraduate women in their perceptions of their future occupational possibilities. Participants rated a list of feminine, masculine, and neutral jobs on how much they feared, expected, and idealized each one. Analysis was done using a within-subjects repeated measures MANOVA test and backward elimination regression analysis. Both men and women were found to fear feminine jobs more than they expected or idealized these jobs (all ps < .001). Women were found to fear masculine jobs more than they expected (p < .001) but not more than they idealized these jobs (p < .060). Occupational self-efficacy and support of the women's movement were also analyzed for their possible influence on fear of masculine jobs, using the Attitudes Toward Feminism and the Women's Movement Scale and the Task-Specific Scale of Occupational Self-Efficacy, but no significant predictors were found.
BF1 .M63 v. 4 no. 1 1996
Lindley, Lori D.; Chalk, Linda M.; and Ellenich, Aimee
"Occupational possible selves: patterns among male and female undergraduates,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 4:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol4/iss1/2