Sex Differences in Response to a Blocked Career Pathway Among Unaccepted Medical School Applicants

Carol S. Weisman, Laura Morlock, Diana G. Sack, David Levine

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Sex differences in career aspirations and behavior following unsuccessful application to medical school are examined. Findings from a 1972 national study indicate that, despite similar academic qualifications and initial career aspirations, women are less persistent than men in reapplying to medical school, more likely than men to lower their educational aspirations following rejection, and less likely than men to enroll in doctoral degree programs. Much of the sex difference in aspirations and behavior may be explained by the different perceptions of rejection, types of counseling received, prior career considerations, and values of men and women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-208
Number of pages22
JournalWork and Occupations
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1976


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Sociology and Political Science

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