Ellen Piel Cook is the program director and a professor in the counseling program, Division of Human Services, University of Cincinnati, 527 TC, Cincinnati, OH 45221–0002.
Role Salience and Multiple Roles: A Gender Perspective
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2011
1994 National Career Development Association
The Career Development Quarterly
Volume 43, Issue 1, pages 85–95, September 1994
How to Cite
Cook, E. P. (1994), Role Salience and Multiple Roles: A Gender Perspective. The Career Development Quarterly, 43: 85–95. doi: 10.1002/j.2161-0045.1994.tb00849.x
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2011
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2011
This article describes Super's construct of role salience, and recent literature on gender issues in multiple roles that supports the wisdom of his basic ideas. Gender influences how individuals perceive various roles, role priorities and involvements over time, and role juggling during adulthood. Whether or not men and women report key roles as similarly salient; how they define, enact, and manage these roles may differ substantially. Personal variations in life careers remind counselors to explore clients' own life meanings as expressed in roles.