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What will I be when I grow up? The impact of gender identity threat on adolescents' occupational preferences
Lunds universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9967-9030
Lunds universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6456-5735
2013 (English)In: Journal of Adolescence, ISSN 0140-1971, E-ISSN 1095-9254, Vol. 36, no 3, p. 465-474Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study examined the impact of gender identity threat on adolescents’ occupationalpreferences. Two hundred and ninety-seven adolescents (45% girls, M age ¼ 14.4,SD ¼ .54) participated in the experiment. There were substantial differences between boys’and girls’ occupational preferences. Importantly, adolescents who received a threat to theirgender identity became more stereotypical in job preferences, suggesting a causal linkbetween threatened gender identity and stereotypical preferences. A comparison threat toone’s capability did not have this effect, indicating a unique effect of gender identity threat.Further, individual differences in gender identity concerns predicted gender stereotypicalpreferences, and this finding was replicated with an independent sample (N ¼ 242). Inconclusion, the results suggest that threats to adolescents’ gender identity may contributeto the large gender segregation on the labor market.

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2013. Vol. 36, no 3, p. 465-474
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Gender identity, Occupational preferences, Adolescence
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Psychology
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Social Sciences, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-30750DOI: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2013.02.001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-30750DiVA, id: diva2:667513
Available from: 2013-11-26 Created: 2013-11-26 Last updated: 2018-08-16Bibliographically approved

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