FSD1217 Gender, Education and Career Choice: Data 1983-1991

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career development, education, employment, family environment, gender, interpersonal relations, labour market, life cycle, occupations, satisfaction, social change, values, women's education

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The data are part of a research project "Education, gender and life course" funded by the Ministry of Labour of Finland. The original study was conducted in 1983 and follow-up studies in 1987, 1991 and 1994. The dataset archived at the FSD contains the responses of those students who participated at least twice in the studies of 1983, 1987 and 1991. Variables q1-q42 are from the year 1983 survey, q43-q59 from the 1987 survey and q60-q108 from the 1991 survey.

The original survey in 1983 investigated how often boys and girls deviate from gendered career choices (sex-stereotyping) and aim at non-traditional, sex-atypical occupations. Various factors influencing career choice were examined. The survey covered respondents' education, career plans, family structure and covered the educational and occupational background of respondents' parents and grandparents. Respondents were also asked what factors were important to them when planning their future occupation and career: job security, independence, good workplace relations, career that allows spending time with family, etc.

The 1987 and 1991 surveys followed the life course of the respondents after 1983. Respondents answered questions about their post-comprehensive school education, vocational education, work and family history, and specified their activities in six-month periods: had they been studying, working in a job corresponding to their education, working in a job not corresponding to their education, being unemployed, doing military service, on a maternity leave, etc. Respondents' satisfaction with their education, occupational life, family life, spare time and hobbies, relations with other people and life on the whole were charted. Background variables included the respondent's gender, basic education, marital status and number of children.

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