Author

Juemei Yang

Date of Award

12-2016

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Counseling Psychology & Community Services

First Advisor

Dr. Kara Wettersten

Abstract

Women often experience unique barriers at workplace that hinder their career development (Whitley & Kite, 2010). In this study I focused on several of the barriers: gender stereotypes, sexism, and gender discrimination. Specifically, I examined the impact of career-related power, the gender of the perceiver, and the gender of the perceived on the endorsement of gender stereotypes, of sexist attitudes, and of gender discrimination. Significant results indicated that gender stereotypes and sexist attitude are most strongly endorsed by men with high power and women with low power. The largely insignificant results of discrimination also suggested that a climate change might be taking place at workplace, where hostile working environments against women are less tolerated. The insignificant results prompted reflection on future research implications and suggested the need of different research designs and measures. In addition, this study offered clinical implications including educational information to be included in career counseling trainings. Finally, I offered practical implications in creating a more inclusive and just workplace.

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