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Undergraduate students' willingness to explore, enter, and predict success for themselves in three occupations was examined as a function of subject sex and information about occupational sex ratio, salary, and position availability. Factors considered by the 490 subjects in their decisions about exploration and entry likelihoods were also investigated. A multivariate design was used and results indicated males were more likely to report an interest in further exploration of and entry into the occupations, as well as to predict success for themselves. Males also placed more importance on the factor of salary in their decisions. The sexes differed somewhat in their overall rankings of the importance of various factors in their decisions. Results are discussed in terms of previous research literature and theory. 1986.
Journal of Vocational Behavior
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Subich, L. M., Cooper, E. A., Barrett, G. V., & Arthur, W.