Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2007

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Douglas L. Epperson

Abstract

A discrepancy exists between the number of men and women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). To investigate this discrepancy, this study examined a model assessing the potential influence of multiple variables on the career aspirations of women pursuing these degrees. Two hundred thirty-two first and second-year women majoring in STEM fields completed measures assessing quality and quantity of role modeling relationships, STEM self-efficacy, STEM interests, sex role conflict, and career aspirations. Quality of role modeling relationships and STEM self-efficacy significantly predicted career aspirations. STEM self-efficacy did not mediate the relation between quality of role modeling relationships and career aspirations. Findings highlight the importance of role modeling relationships and STEM self-efficacy for women pursuing careers in STEM fields.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-15820

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Anna Frances Rudroff

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1447486

OCLC Number

224512294

ISBN

9780549334033

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

63 pages

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