The Psychology of Working: A Case Study of Mexican-American Women with Low Educational Attainment

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Guerrero, L. and Singh, S. (2013), The Psychology of Working: A Case Study of Mexican American Women With Low Educational Attainment. The Career Development Quarterly, 61: 27-39. doi:10.1002/j.2161-0045.2013.00033.x


Using Blustein's (2006) psychology of working and Hackman and Oldham's (1975) job characteristics theory, the authors investigated the job attribute preferences of Mexican American women with low educational attainment. They used content analysis to code and analyze the interview transcripts of 27 women. The most valued job attributes were not only those associated with survival and power but also those that incorporated aspects of social connection and self‐determination, including autonomy, the opportunity to help others, the opportunity to use one's existing abilities, and the opportunity to learn. Understanding the preferences of this group of women can help career counselors and managers to be more effective in working with these women.