Sexual identity and anticipated occupation of male and female allied health and medical students



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It was the intent of this study to delineate the relationship between sex-stereotypic attributes, gender, and occupational choice in the health professions. Sex-stereotypic attributes are characteristics that are more associated with one sex than the other. Specifically, the study attempted to determine if there were differences in perceptions of sex-stereotypic attributes among four groups of individuals. These four groups were: 1) male medical students; 2) female medical students; 3) male allied health students; and 4) female allied health students. Allied Health students were defined as those in a health profession, other than M.D.'s. This included such fields as medical technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, dietetics, and x-ray technology students. A convenient group of 253 allied health and medical students was sampled from colleges, universities, hospitals, and medical schools in the greater Houston area. The Bern Sex Role Inventory (BSRl) was the instrument used to determine the students' perceptions of their sex-stereotypic attributes. In addition, a survey questionnaire was completed by each subject, containing demographic and sociological data on that individual. [...]



Sex role, Medical personnel