People Tend To Believe That Psychology Is A “Feminine” Discipline


Despite the fact that psychology students are more likely to be women than men, and that women outnumber men in the clinical psychology workforce, women in psychology publish less, receive fewer citations, and are underrepresented at senior positions within university departments. This juxtaposition of over and underrepresentation poses an interesting question about how people perceive gender roles within the field. This question is explored in a new study in the Journal of Social Psychology. The team finds that people associate psychology more strongly with femininity than masculinity — and that this may affect how men and women feel about working or studying within the field. Continue reading →

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