What do you want to be when you grow up?: predicting gender differences in elementary-aged children’s occupational interests

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dc.contributor McDonald, Kristina
dc.contributor Parker, Jeffrey
dc.contributor.advisor Barth, Joan
dc.contributor.author Masters, Stephanie Laura
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-12T16:28:37Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-12T16:28:37Z
dc.date.issued 2020-08
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003751
dc.identifier.other Masters_alatus_0004M_14182
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/7694
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to determine how perceived occupational knowledge, gender stereotypes and gender socialization influence children’s career interests. A sample of 185 children between the ages of 9 and 11 years of age (Mage = 9.78 years, 48.1% girls) completed a survey that measured perceived occupational knowledge, gender stereotyped beliefs and gender socialization. As expected, children were interested in, and perceived that they knew more about own-gender dominated occupations. Results did not support a mediation model but showed a relationship between children’s perceived occupational knowledge and occupational interest. Boys who experienced greater gender socialization and held more stereotypical beliefs about occupations were less interested in female-dominated occupations. Gender socialization moderated the relationship between perceived occupational knowledge and interest in own-gender occupations for both boys and girls.
dc.format.extent 71 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Developmental psychology
dc.title What do you want to be when you grow up?: predicting gender differences in elementary-aged children’s occupational interests
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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