Achievement Orientation and Learned Helplessness in Women

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One hundred and fifty-five Texas juries were examined to determine the sex of the person elected foreman. Because the role of the foreman is traditionally a male role and a leadership role, it was hypothesized that few women would strive for the position of foreman and that few would be elected to it. It is believed that the proportion of women foremen is a reflection of lack of achievement orientation (or learned helplessness) on the part of women in this situation, and of the degree to which members of the group have internalized the concept that women are less competent ... continued below

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Beckham, Barbara J. May 1975.

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One hundred and fifty-five Texas juries were examined to determine the sex of the person elected foreman. Because the role of the foreman is traditionally a male role and a leadership role, it was hypothesized that few women would strive for the position of foreman and that few would be elected to it. It is believed that the proportion of women foremen is a reflection of lack of achievement orientation (or learned helplessness) on the part of women in this situation, and of the degree to which members of the group have internalized the concept that women are less competent than men for a traditionally male leadership role. Of the 155 foremen only 14 were women, a finding which is significant at the .00001 level.

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Beckham, Barbara J. Achievement Orientation and Learned Helplessness in Women, thesis, May 1975; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc663047/: accessed November 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .