Date of Award

Fall 1983

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Martin, Thomas A.

Second Advisor

Steeves, Frank L.

Third Advisor

Ivanoff, John


The major purpose of this study was to assess the strength of stereotypic attitudes of male and female CEOs toward women as managers in hospitals on a nationwide basis. The instrument used was the Attitude toward Women as Managers Scale (Peters et al., 1974). The strength of these attitudes was then related to personal characteristics and organizational variables. The CEOs were chosen as the target respondents as they were felt to exert a critical influence on the hiring process even when not directly involved in the details of personnel matters (American Association of School Administrators, 1981). Specifically, this study intended to: 1. Measure the strength of sterotypic attitudes of male and female CEO's toward women in health care management, and 2. Determine the relationship between the attitudes of male and female CEO's (toward women in management) with personal characteristics such as age, education level, total work experience, marital status, number of children, total length of time in present position, hospital size, career interruption, membership in a religious order, and hospital governance.



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