Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Why are there too few women consultants in surgery?

Date:
January 10, 2014
Source:
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Summary:
Male dominated workplaces can undermine women’s identification with their occupations and their sense that they are progressing in their careers.

Male dominated workplaces can undermine women's identification with their occupations and their sense that they are progressing in their careers.

That is the conclusion of research being presented to the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Occupational Psychology in Brighton.

Kim Peters from the University of Queensland and her fellow researchers investigated the surgical speciality in medicine. Here women made up 14.8 per cent of trainees in 1998 but only 7.7 per cent of consultants a decade later.

To investigate why this might be the case, the researchers surveyed trainee surgeons based in the UK -- 1149 of them completed an online questionnaire that assessed their view of the profession and their place in it.

The analysis showed that male trainees and older trainees were more likely to think of themselves as fitting the prototype of a surgeon. They were, for instance, more likely to agree with the statements "I see a place for myself among surgical consultants" and "Generally, I feel good when I think about myself as a surgeon."

The researchers' analysis also showed that male trainees and older trainees tended to identify more strongly with their identity as surgeons. Men saw themselves as performing better than their peers, and this effect became stronger over time.

Kim Peters says: "The broken 'surgical pipeline' of women is a serious problem. Women are increasingly well represented in most other areas of medicine, but in surgery there are few women trainees and not enough of them progress to become consultants.

"Our research found there were gender differences in trainees' perceptions of prototype fit, surgical identification and perceptions, with men generally reporting higher levels of these variables.

"Importantly, this gender difference became stronger over time, which suggests that it is immersion in a male-dominated environment that undermines female surgeons and trainees.

"If we want to seal this leaky pipeline, we need to pay attention to the subtle dynamics that lead underrepresented groups to see a lack of fit with occupational prototypes, which can increase the tendency for them to identify less strongly with their career or even opt out of it altogether."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by British Psychological Society (BPS). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

British Psychological Society (BPS). "Why are there too few women consultants in surgery?." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 January 2014. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140110103243.htm>.
British Psychological Society (BPS). (2014, January 10). Why are there too few women consultants in surgery?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 2, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140110103243.htm
British Psychological Society (BPS). "Why are there too few women consultants in surgery?." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140110103243.htm (accessed September 2, 2014).

Share This




More Mind & Brain News

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Can You Train Your Brain To Eat Healthy?

Can You Train Your Brain To Eat Healthy?

Newsy (Sep. 1, 2014) New research says if you condition yourself to eat healthy foods, eventually you'll crave them instead of junk food. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Coffee Then Napping: The (New) Key To Alertness

Coffee Then Napping: The (New) Key To Alertness

Newsy (Aug. 30, 2014) Researchers say having a cup of coffee then taking a nap is more effective than a nap or coffee alone. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Young Entrepreneurs Get $100,000, If They Quit School

Young Entrepreneurs Get $100,000, If They Quit School

AFP (Aug. 29, 2014) Twenty college-age students are getting 100,000 dollars from a Silicon Valley leader and a chance to live in San Francisco in order to work on the start-up project of their dreams, but they have to quit school first. Duration: 02:20 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Baby Babbling Might Lead To Faster Language Development

Baby Babbling Might Lead To Faster Language Development

Newsy (Aug. 29, 2014) A new study suggests babies develop language skills more quickly if their parents imitate the babies' sounds and expressions and talk to them often. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins