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Stability and change in work values among male and female nurses and engineers
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education. nstitutionen för teknik och byggd miljö, Högskolan i Gävle.
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, Vol. 48, 143-151 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Gender related changes of work values were analyzed in a longitudinal questionnaire study of 173 male and 48 female engineers and 353 female and 31 male nurses at three measurement occasions covering about four and half years from the end of their vocational education. At all occasions, Social relations were rated as more important by women than by men and Altruism was given higher ratings by the nurses than by the engineers. Within both occupations women’s mean Altruism ratings were higher than men’s mean ratings, and in all groups except male engineers the mean ratings dropped between the three occasions. Women’s ratings of Benefits and career and Influence were strengthened in both occupations, thereby eliminating an initial gender difference. The stability of work values is discussed in terms of challenges and norms in working life.

Key words: Work values, gender, stability, work socialization.

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2007. Vol. 48, 143-151 p.
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-18708ISI: 000245417000007OAI: diva2:185231
Available from: 2009-01-27 Created: 2009-01-27 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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