Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Role of Parental Influence on Leadership in a Female Dominated Field
by Schneider, Scott, M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2017, 57; 10275966
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of the present study is to examine the impact or lack thereof on parental influence on leadership style, specifically for individuals that work in a field that is primarily dominated by the female gender. In addition, this study is looking to see if there is a direct relationship between the participants’ results of their gender identity classifications of masculinity, femininity, and androgyny and their results in terms of consideration and initiating structure leadership styles. One hundred and forty-one undergraduate nursing students filled out multiple questionnaires collecting demographics, parental influence, evaluating leadership and sex role identification. The results revealed that both male and female participants identified being more heavily influenced by their mothers when considering their own leadership style. It was assumed that due to nursing being female-dominated that the majority of participants would yield results of a feminine leadership style, however, it appeared to have no impact regarding leadership style. The majority of participants, regardless of actual gender, upon taking the Bem Sex-Role Inventory, did result in a classification of feminine but the results also revealed a classification of masculine. These findings suggest that although nursing is a female-dominated field, the participants in this study possess similar levels of feminine and masculine qualities in both leadership style and gender identity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Daus, Cathy
Commitee: Nadler, Joel, Rose, Paul
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 56/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Occupational psychology
Keywords: Career choices, Female, Femininity, Gender identity, Masculinity
Publication Number: 10275966
ISBN: 978-1-369-85524-1
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