Counsellor Bias in Occupational Choice for Female Students

Sharon E. Kahn, Alana S. Schroeder


To investigate counsellor bias in occupational choice for female students, six short case studies were employed that could describe either a male or a female. Two hundred randomly selected school counsellors in British Columbia were asked to select three appropriate occupations for each case subject. When the case study described a female, the counsellors chose occupations that paid less and were more closely supervised than when the same case study described a male.

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