Date of Award


Document Type


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Organizational Unit

Morgridge College of Education, Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Patton O. Garriott, Ph.D.


Career intention, Female, Perceived subjective norms, Sexism, Theory of reasoned action, Transportation


The intention of this study was to better understand the significant underrepresentation of women in the transportation industry. The present study examined the relationships between female high school students' anticipation of a sexist workplace climate in transportation workplaces, perceived subjective norms about transportation work, and intentions to pursue a career in the transportation industry, using the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA). A sample (N = 132) of female high school students completed measures of anticipated sexism in transportation careers, perceived subjective norms, and transportation career intentions. Results of a regression analysis indicated that higher perceived subjective norms were a statistically significant predictor of female high school students' transportation industry career goals, and that anticipating a sexist workplace climate did not significantly predict female high school students' transportation industry career goals. Moderation analyses indicated that participant race/ethnicity moderated the relationship between perceived social norms and transportation career intentions, with the relationship being significant and positive for White students, but non-significant for Latina students. To date, this is the only study to examine the relationships between transportation career intentions, perceived subjective norms, and anticipating a sexist workplace climate in high school females, and as such has implications for future research and industry recruitment efforts.

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Rights Holder

Elizabeth Colbert Johnson


Received from ProQuest

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112 p.


Counseling psychology, Psychology, Gender studies