Gender-atypical career choices of young women: Must the role model be female?

Makarova, Elena; Herzog, Walter (2014). Gender-atypical career choices of young women: Must the role model be female? Zeitschrift für Soziologie der Erziehung und Sozialisation, 34(1), pp. 38-54. Juventa-Verl.

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The aim of this paper is to analyze the importance of parental role models for gender-atypical career choices of young women. The questions of the study were examined using a standardized survey of youths in vocational schools (N = 1431). The results show that young people's role models are primarily in their own family; most frequently their mother or their father. Overall, young people prefer same-sex role models, but young women have less rigid gender patterns in their choice of role models than male youth, who exclusively favor same-sex role models. With regard to the importance of parental role models in the process of choosing a career, our results show that the probability young women choose a gender-atypical career is highest when either their mother or their father has a typically male or mixed-sex profession.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Education > Educational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Makarova, Elena and Herzog, Walter


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education








Felicitas Elisabeth Fanger

Date Deposited:

03 Sep 2014 10:03

Last Modified:

23 Dec 2014 14:46

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Vorbild, Berufswahl, Frauen, Familie, Geschlecht, role models, career choice, women, family, gender


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