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Women's Aspiration for Leadership - An Experimental Study on Agency and Gender

Löw, Vicky LU (2016) PSYP01 20152
Department of Psychology
Abstract
The present study examined the effect of manipulated (threatened or affirmed) sense of agency on Swedish students’ preference for leadership, by ease of retrieval. Three hundred and twelve students (Mage = 23.04, SD = 2.70) participated in the experiment. The aim of the study was to investigate whether individuals’ leadership preferences was affected by perceived sense of agency. By contrasting a role as a leader and a role as a problem solver, participants rated their interest for each. In total N = 312 participants were randomly assigned to one of the three conditions (threatened agency, affirmed agency or no agency manipulation). The hypothesis that an agency threat should lead to a decreased preference for a leadership role, as... (More)
The present study examined the effect of manipulated (threatened or affirmed) sense of agency on Swedish students’ preference for leadership, by ease of retrieval. Three hundred and twelve students (Mage = 23.04, SD = 2.70) participated in the experiment. The aim of the study was to investigate whether individuals’ leadership preferences was affected by perceived sense of agency. By contrasting a role as a leader and a role as a problem solver, participants rated their interest for each. In total N = 312 participants were randomly assigned to one of the three conditions (threatened agency, affirmed agency or no agency manipulation). The hypothesis that an agency threat should lead to a decreased preference for a leadership role, as compared to a problem solver role, was not supported by the obtained results. Furthermore, men did not show higher preference, as compared to women, for a role as a leader over a role as a problem solver. Possible methodological improvements are discussed, along with suggestions for further research. (Less)
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Löw, Vicky LU
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PSYP01 20152
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Gender, Ease of retrieval, Leadership, Agency
language
English
id
8565786
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2016-01-25 16:11:09
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  abstract     = {The present study examined the effect of manipulated (threatened or affirmed) sense of agency on Swedish students’ preference for leadership, by ease of retrieval. Three hundred and twelve students (Mage = 23.04, SD = 2.70) participated in the experiment. The aim of the study was to investigate whether individuals’ leadership preferences was affected by perceived sense of agency. By contrasting a role as a leader and a role as a problem solver, participants rated their interest for each. In total N = 312 participants were randomly assigned to one of the three conditions (threatened agency, affirmed agency or no agency manipulation). The hypothesis that an agency threat should lead to a decreased preference for a leadership role, as compared to a problem solver role, was not supported by the obtained results. Furthermore, men did not show higher preference, as compared to women, for a role as a leader over a role as a problem solver. Possible methodological improvements are discussed, along with suggestions for further research.},
  author       = {Löw, Vicky},
  keyword      = {Gender,Ease of retrieval,Leadership,Agency},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Women's Aspiration for Leadership - An Experimental Study on Agency and Gender},
  year         = {2016},
}