Sex Roles

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 425–436 | Cite as

Stress experienced by women doctoral students, need for support, and occupational sex typing: An interactional view

  • Carole Kovalic Holahan


The present study was concerned with emotional stress experienced by women doctoral students as an interactive function of type of department and personal need for support. Subjects were women registered as doctoral students at a large state university in the fall semester of 1975. Of the total, 86 were from female minority departments, 177 from egalitarian departments, and 114 from female majority departments. Stress from time pressures, marital pressures, and overall stress were all found to be interactive functions of need for support and type of department. The female minority group showed the strongest relationship between need for support and each of the three significant stress variables. Implications of these findings for women in graduate school are discussed.


Social Psychology Graduate School Strong Relationship Minority Group Time Pressure 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carole Kovalic Holahan
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  1. 1.University of Texas at AustinUSA

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