A Mother and Her Son: Career Aspirations, Benevolent Sexism and Gender Role Attitudes

Kay, Thomas (2013). A Mother and Her Son: Career Aspirations, Benevolent Sexism and Gender Role Attitudes Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Kay, Thomas
Thesis Title A Mother and Her Son: Career Aspirations, Benevolent Sexism and Gender Role Attitudes
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2013-10-09
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Melissa Johnstone
Total pages 88
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Emerging adulthood is a budding field of research in terms of an individual's development from childhood to adulthood. It is a time of identity exploration, self-focus and feelings of transition and instability. Emerging adulthood also delays many traditional markers of adulthood, including commitment to a career, and as such has significant influence on this aspect of development. This thesis investigated the relationships between maternal employment and a son's benevolent sexism, gender role attitudes and career aspirations. It did this to contribute to our understanding of these aspects of emerging adulthood, as well as further our knowledge of how emerging adults form plans for the future. An online survey covering many different aspects of life such as careers and families, as well as general mental health, was distributed by several fourth year psychological students through social media and personal contact. Items measuring demographic variables, aspirations for career achievement, aspirations for career leadership, gender role attitudes, benevolent sexism and maternal employment were identified for this thesis, and the data was retrieved, pared down to the specifications of the research question of this thesis, and statistical analyses were then run. None of the six hypotheses were found to be supported. While this could have been caused by several weaknesses in the design of the study, it could also be because the relationships being investigated aren't present. Additional research into this area utilising the improvements identified in this thesis will hopefully increase our understanding of this important aspect of development and psychology.

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