The perceptions of academic women in school psychology: A national survey

K. Angeleque Akin-Little, Melissa A. Bray, Tanya L. Eckert, Thomas J. Kehle

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There is a paucity of research examining the experiences and perceptions of women employed as school psychology academicians. The purpose of this investigation was to ascertain female school psychology academicians' perceptions of their respective academic climates, levels of support, incidences of harassment, and levels of stress. Comparisons between women currently working in psychology departments and those in colleges of education were of particular interest. A total of 128 female school psychology academicians (52% response rate) completed the 48-item survey entitled, "Women in School Psychology: Academia Questionnaire." The findings suggested that the majority of participants (61%) reported that climate differences did not exist. Additionally, the majority of participants were not dissatisfied with their experiences in academia. Although women perceived their respective academic climates as positive, areas of perceived gender disparity were identified. Results are discussed in terms of implications for recruitment and retention of women faculty in school psychology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-341
Number of pages15
JournalSchool Psychology Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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