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Soc. Sci. 2017, 6(2), 61;

Making STEM “Family Friendly”: The Impact of Perceiving Science Careers as Family-Compatible

Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481, USA
Department of Psychology, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056, USA
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Academic Editors: Maria Charles and Sarah Thébaud
Received: 1 September 2016 / Revised: 26 May 2017 / Accepted: 3 June 2017 / Published: 11 June 2017
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Two studies extended the communal goal congruity perspective to examine perceived incongruity between science careers and family caregiving goals. Study 1 examined beliefs about science careers among young adolescents, older adolescents, and young adults. Science careers were perceived as unlikely to afford family goals, and this belief emerged more strongly with age cohort. Study 1 also documented that the perception that science affords family goals predicts interest in pursuing science. Study 2 then employed an experimental methodology to investigate the impact of framing a science career as integrated with family life or not. For family-oriented women, the family-friendly framing of science produced greater personal favorability toward pursuing a science career. In addition, perceived fulfilment of the scientist described predicted personal favorability toward a science career path. We discuss the implications of these findings for research and for policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender; STEM; goal congruity; family gender; STEM; goal congruity; family

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