Effects of self-efficacy, age, race, and martial status on women in a nontraditional occupation
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Women’s career development differs from men for a variety of reasons including child-bearing, lack of role models, and sex-role stereotypes. Likewise, women encounter career barriers that are unlike the career barriers encountered by men. This study examined how barriers to career development were perceived by women in construction, a nontraditional occupation, and the effects of self-efficacy, race, age, and marital status on these perceptions. Career barriers were measured using the Career Barriers Inventory-Revised, and self-efficacy was measured using the General Self-Efficacy Scale. Based on the findings, the women in this study perceived that 11 of the 13 barriers would hinder somewhat their career development. However, these women perceived the remaining two barriers, would not hinder at all in terms of career development. Findings also indicated that the perceived general self-efficacy of these women in construction was fairly high. Recommendations for researcher and practice are provided.