Love It or Leave It: A Look at Women in Clerical Occupations1


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    The names of the first two authors are presented in alphabetical order. This research was made possible by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to the first author.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Ann Beaton, School of Psychology, Université de Moncton, Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada E1A 3E9. E-mail:


This study was conducted among female clerical workers to examine factors associated with attitudes toward bridging programs. These programs facilitate women's transition from traditional to nontraditional careers. In a proposed model, 2 paths linking masculine and feminine traits of the self-concept to personal relative deprivation were tested. Whereas feminine traits were expected to correlate with masculine traits, the former was predicted to yield feelings of relative satisfaction and the latter to evoke relative deprivation. Relative deprivation was predicted to increase intention to endorse bridging program activities. Results support the model, albeit analyses suggested an additional path from masculine traits to bridging program activities. Implications of this reality test of the relations between self-concept, relative deprivation, and career mobility are discussed.