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Parental Power as a Potential Influence on Girls' Career Choice

Linda Olshina Lavine
Child Development
Vol. 53, No. 3 (Jun., 1982), pp. 658-663
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Society for Research in Child Development
DOI: 10.2307/1129377
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1129377
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Parental Power as a Potential Influence on Girls' Career Choice
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Abstract

Children ages 7-11 were interviewed to determine their career preferences, the degree to which they perceive occupations as limited to 1 sex exclusively, and their perceptions of their parents' power distribution. Data were also collected on parents' jobs. Data were analyzed using sex typing of preferred career as the dependent variable. Multiple regression analyses indicate that, for girls, perception of higher maternal power is significantly related to preference for less feminine-stereotyped careers. Also, girls who perceive more occupations as limited to 1 sex exclusively have preferences for more sex-typed careers. The presence of a working mother is not related to career preference. No significant correlations were obtained for males.

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