Date of Award:

5-1-1988

Document Type:

Dissertation

Degree Name:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department:

Wildland Resources

Committee

James J. Kennedy

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to understand the similarities and differences in the early careers of women and men resource managers in Regions 4 and 6 of the U.S. Forest Service (FS). Since the early family socialization of boys and girls has been shown to differ, it was hypothesized that differences would also be found in the early career goals of men and women and in their ability to fit into an organization like the Forest Service, experience personal satisfaction, and become contributing, productive members.

Although more similarities than differences were observed, women had slightly different definitions of two important career goals: service to an important cause and becoming a competent manager. Both men and women possessed similar career goals and were experiencing similar levels of early career success. Immediate supervisors on first permanent FS assignment had a much stronger influence on the early careers of the women in the study.

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