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Predictors of Sense of Belonging Among Female STEM Undergraduates
by Alam, Sharmin, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2019, 48; 13858867
Abstract (Summary)

A vast majority of recent research indicates that the underrepresentation of women is one of the primary problems that contribute to the gender gap in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. This gender gap needs to be addressed in order to achieve equal representation and advance the fields of STEM. Previous research has established a relationship between gender-related stereotypes and underperformance among women in the STEM fields. However, matters such as students’ interpersonal concerns and science-related gender identity still remain uninvestigated and unclear in relation to the sense of belonging in the field. Undergraduate freshmen women in STEM (N = 129) were recruited from California State University, Long Beach. Results showed that interpersonal concern was a significant predictor of sense of belonging; however, science-related gender identity was not. Additional suggestions for future research, theoretical and practical implications of the current results are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Galvez, Gino
Commitee: Jackson, Matthew, Kohfeldt, Danielle
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Higher education, Personality psychology, Social psychology
Keywords: Sense of Belonging, STEM undergraduate, Women in STEM, Underrepresentation of women, Interpersonal concern, Gender-related stereotypes
Publication Number: 13858867
ISBN: 9781085558150
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