Parenting Stereotypes in Academic and Family Contexts: Investigating the Role of Explicit and Implicit Bias

Vasilena Stefanova, Ioana M Latu

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The challenge of navigating between career development in academia and motherhood responsibilities has been highlighted as a potential contributor to the leaky pipeline phenomenon in academia, resulting in significantly fewer females in senior roles in academia than males (Williams, 2006; Crabb & Ekberg, 2014). While few studies have concentrated on exploring the patterns of stereotyping that affect mothers, as opposed to women in general, recent research has shown that mothers encounter specific forms of bias (e.g. King 2008). The aim of this study was to assess the implicit and explicit parenting and gender stereotypes in the context of academic career and family of 180 individuals working in Education in the UK. The findings provided evidence for the presence of strong explicit parenting stereotypes that differ from the general gender stereotypes, with females being associated with caregiving more than with academic career, regardless of whether they are a parent or not, and males only being associated with caregiving if they are a parent. This study highlighted significant differences in how males and females are perceived in the context of parenting and academic career.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2019
EventGender, Social Justice and Innovation - Queen's University Belfast, BELFAST, United Kingdom
Duration: 21 May 201922 May 2019


ConferenceGender, Social Justice and Innovation
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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