Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Deana Finkler

Second Advisor

R. Timothy Stein

Third Advisor

Joseph C. LaVoie


The sexual composition of the high school environment may have a significant effect on the educational and occupational aspirations of adolescent girls. Although the coeducational environment may provide adolescent girls with more opportunities for social encounters and development of social skills, it may not facilitate the maintenance of high educational and occupational aspirations among them.

On the other hand, the emphasis in the same-sex all-girl high school may be academic rather than social. These girls are subject to a minimal amount of feminine-role conflict because they are not in direct competition with males. Same-sex peer influence may place emphasis on educational and occupational aspirations rather than popularity or other immediate social concerns.

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