This study deals with the movement toward full incorporation into a profession (the antithesis of exclusion). The process is viewed in the context of the medical training of three female participants.
The claim is made that a participant must undergo the "rites of passage" (Van Gennep, 1960) in order to achieve complete professionalism. Acceptance into the profession is dependent on the bargain struck by the participant and the professional organization. The participant identifies her role and the organization provides an organizational "space" congruent with the role identity.
The participant's role identity may be that of role-taker (Turner, 1955), role-breaker (Janeway, 1971), or role-taker with role-breaker expectations. The role-taker adds on the occupational role to the female role, which in essence interferes minimally with her family life, or extends the female role into the occupational role. The role-breaker departs from the female role and accords the occupational role primacy. TI1e role-taker with role-breaker expectations fails to identify her role clearly. Role identity is further defined by the degree of commitment and compliance.
Level of Degree
Individual, Family, and Community Education
First Committee Member (Chair)
Paul A. Pohland
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Charles E. Woodhouse
Fourth Committee Member
Ortiz, Flora Ida. "The Process of Professional Incorporation." (1972). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/educ_ifce_etds/99