Applying social role theory (Eagley & Crowley, 1986), this study investigated the influence of gender on college students' level of self-reported empathy and career preferences. Participants completed a self-report empathy scale and a career intention survey, and, supportive of our hypotheses, female psychology majors planning to enter a counseling profession reported the highest levels of empathy. These findings may be a possible factor in psychology's increasing gender disparity.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
©1998 by the University of Northern Iowa
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
Lyons, Patrick C. and Harton, Helen C.
"Empathy and Psychology's Feminization: Are Women Socialized to be Counselors?,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 2:
1, Article 29.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol2/iss1/29