The data reported here are from the author's doctoral dissertation (Cartwright, 1970), in which 58 female medical students were studied intensively through personal interview and psychological tests. This study was funded by a U.S. Public Health Predoctoral Fellowship and was conducted under the auspices of the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco. The author is grateful to H. Gough, D. MacKinnon, and J. Wellington for their help.
Conscious Factors Entering into Decisions of Women To Study Medicine1
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1972 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Journal of Social Issues
Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 201–215, Spring 1972
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Cartwright, L. K. (1972), Conscious Factors Entering into Decisions of Women To Study Medicine. Journal of Social Issues, 28: 201–215. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.1972.tb00025.x
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The data presented discuss the motivations and personality of the female medical school student from the University of California, San Francisco campus. Inductive analyses of conscious reasons for entering medical school reveal the importance of encouragement from others, long-standing interest, self-development motives, and altruism. In contrast to studies reported on male subjects, economic and prestige factors as well as the unreachable aspect of other occupations are seldom mentioned by women.