Gruppendynamik und Organisationsberatung

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 441–463 | Cite as

The impact of significant others on gender-atypical, gender-typical and gender-neutral study choices

  • Hanke KorpershoekEmail author
  • Sabine Guntern
  • Greetje van der Werf


Despite increasing interest in gender-atypical careers, few students actually enter a gender-atypical study field in Dutch higher education (higher professional education and university). For example, few females enter technical and science study fields and few males enter the field of health care. Our main aim was to investigate the perceived impact of significant others, such as parents and peers, on students’ study choices. The study included 2102 students in higher education. They received a questionnaire and indicated in retrospect which studies they had considered, which study they eventually chose, which people had influenced their study choice, and what their advices were. The main finding was that, generally, students’ choices were supported by their significant others (especially parents), regardless whether they chose a gender-typical, gender-atypical, or gender-neutral study field.


Significant others Study choice Gender differences Gender atypical career choices 

Der Einfluss nächster Angehöriger auf eine geschlechtsuntypische, geschlechtstypische und geschlechtsneutrale Studienwahl


Trotz zunehmenden Interesses an einer geschlechtsatypischen Karriere wählen nur wenige Studierende in den Niederlanden einen geschlechtsatypischen Studiengang (Fachhochschule und Universität). Beispielsweise belegen nur wenige Mädchen ein Studium im technischen Bereich und nur wenige Jungen einen medizinischen Studiengang. Ziel dieser Studie war es, den wahrgenommenen Einfluss nächster Angehöriger (z. B. von Eltern und Gleichaltrigen) auf Studienwahlen zu untersuchen. Die Studie umfasst 2102 Studierende. Die Studierenden beurteilten rückblickend, welche Studiengänge sie in Erwägung zogen, welchen Studiengang sie letztendlich auswählten, welche Personen sie dabei beeinflussten und welchen Ratschlag sie erhalten haben. Das Hauptergebnis ist, dass die nächsten Angehörigen der Studierenden deren Studienwahl weitgehend unterstützten, unabhängig davon, ob die Studienwahl gendertypisch, genderatypisch oder genderneutral war.


Bezugspersonen Studienwahl Geschlechtsunterschiede Geschlechtsuntypische Berufswahl 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hanke Korpershoek
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sabine Guntern
    • 1
  • Greetje van der Werf
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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