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The Computer-Related Self Concept: A Gender-Sensitive Study

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  • Monique Janneck

    (Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Luebeck University of Applied Sciences, Luebeck, Germany)

  • Sylvie Vincent-Höper

    (Department of Psychology, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany)

  • Jasmin Ehrhardt

    (Department of Psychology, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany)

Abstract

This paper presents the computer-related self-concept as a new theoretical approach to analyzing and understanding computer-related attitudes, emotions, and behaviors. The approach integrates different lines of research on computer-related self-cognitions. The authors developed and validated a questionnaire to measure the computer-related self-concept and conducted a large online survey with more than 1100 male and female computing professionals. Results show that men have a significantly more positive computer-related self-concept than women. Furthermore, the computer-related self-concept shows high correlations with career motivation. Thus, the concept might serve to further analyze computer-related gender differences and eventually to devise supportive measures in order to foster women’s careers in computing. Further prospects for using the computer-related self-concept in research on human-computer interaction are also explored.

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  • Monique Janneck & Sylvie Vincent-Höper & Jasmin Ehrhardt, 2013. "The Computer-Related Self Concept: A Gender-Sensitive Study," International Journal of Social and Organizational Dynamics in IT (IJSODIT), IGI Global, vol. 3(3), pages 1-16, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jsodit:v:3:y:2013:i:3:p:1-16
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