University students from single-sex and coeducational high schools: Differences in majors and attitudes at a catholic university

Christie P. Karpiak, James P. Buchanan, Megan Hosey, Allison Smith

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We conducted an archival study at a coeducational Catholic university to test the proposition that single-sex secondary education predicts lasting differences in college majors. Men from single-sex schools were more likely to both declare and graduate in gender-neutral majors than those from coeducational schools. Women from single-sex schools were more likely to declare gender-neutral majors, but were not different from their coeducated peers at graduation. A second study was conducted with a sample of first-year students to examine the correspondence between egalitarian attitudes, single-sex secondary education, and major choice. Egalitarianism was higher in students in nontraditional majors, but did not correspond in expected ways with single-sex education. Men from single-sex schools were less likely to hold egalitarian attitudes about gender roles, whereas women from single-sex and coeducational high schools did not differ in egalitarianism. Taken together, our results raise questions about the potential of single-sex high schools to reduce gender-stratification in professions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-289
Number of pages8
JournalPsychology of Women Quarterly
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007
Externally publishedYes

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University students from single-sex and coeducational high schools : Differences in majors and attitudes at a catholic university. / Karpiak, Christie P.; Buchanan, James P.; Hosey, Megan; Smith, Allison.

In: Psychology of Women Quarterly, Vol. 31, No. 3, 09.2007, p. 282-289.

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