Motives for occupational goal setting among male and female college students

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Information regarding motives for occupational goals was gathered in an interview setting from 54 male and 54 female college students who were matched for occupational goal. In comparison to males, females expressed expectations for greater intrinsic work enjoyment (p < .03) and fewer future financial responsibilities (p < .0001). The variable of job type (masculine vs feminine occupational goal) had an effect on job security concerns (p < .03) but had no other effect on job motivations. These relationships are discussed in the context of sex differences in students' expectations of future adult roles. (20 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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