Relations among ethnicity, gender, beliefs, attitudes, and intention to pursue a career in information technology
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Appl. Soc. Psychol.
SOCIAL COGNITIVE THEORY; COMPUTER SELF-EFFICACY; DIGITAL DIVIDE; ENGINEERING MAJORS; COLLEGE-STUDENTS; PLANNED BEHAVIOR; CHOICE BEHAVIOR; WOMEN; SCIENCE; BLACK; Psychology, Social
Using data from 159 African Americans and 98 Anglo Americans, we examined relations among ethnicity, gender, information technology (IT) self-efficacy, occupational stereotypes, attitudes toward IT, and IT career intentions. Results revealed that IT self-efficacy and occupational stereotypes were related to attitudes toward IT jobs, and these attitudes were positively related to career intentions. In addition, there were ethnic and gender differences in IT self-efficacy and occupational stereotypes. In particular, African American men reported higher levels of IT self-efficacy, whereas Anglo American women reported lower levels of IT self-efficacy than did members of all other groups. Furthermore, Anglo Americans had more negative stereotypes of IT professionals than did African Americans. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
"Relations among ethnicity, gender, beliefs, attitudes, and intention to pursue a career in information technology" (2008). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 497.