The Research of Relationship Between Socio-Demographic Features and Glass Ceiling Perceptions of Female Healtcare Professionals

Turan Kurtaran A., Aydın A., Yeşildağ A. Y.

6. International Health Sciences and Management Conference, Isparta, Turkey, 20 - 22 May 2021, pp.201

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Isparta
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.201
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


ABSTRACT Problem of Research: Although women constitute the majority of the workforce in the health services sector, the number of representation in management positions is not sufficient. This situation is caused by some invisible obstacles called "Glass Ceiling". Glass ceiling is an issue that attracts the attention of researchers in many different fields (banking, education, tourism) and poses a problem in today's society. Purpose of the Research: In this research, it had aimed to determine the perception levels of glass ceiling syndrome of female healtcare professionals working in public hospitals and to examine the effect of sociodemographic variables on this level. Method: The sample of the research consists of 708 female healtcare professionals who work in 6 public hospitals (3380) in the city center of Trabzon and want to participate in the research on a voluntary basis. The research data were collected using the "Personal Information Form" prepared by the researchers and the 5-point Likert scale developed by Irmak (2010) to determine the perception levels of female healtcare professionals for glass ceiling syndrome. Findings: As a result of the research, it was found that the glass ceiling syndrome level of female healtcare professionals working in hospitals in Trabzon was neutral (1.94). It was determined that the sub-dimension of the glass ceiling with the highest average was Mentoring with 2.46 and the sub-dimension of the glass ceiling with the lowest average was Negative Prejudices against Women with 1.069. It was determined that the level of glass ceiling syndrome of female healtcare professionals differed at a significance level of 5% depending on the educational status, profession, age, duty area and the number of children. It has been determined that female healtcare professionals with a high level of education, doctors and nurses, those between the ages of 26-35, those who work in medical units and those with a child have higher levels of glass ceiling syndrome. Results: It was determined that the perceptions of glass ceiling of female health personnel working in Trabzon province was neutral. It is extremely important for top managers in the health sector to support female health workers and to act by adopting a management approach that will help highly motivated, tenacious and talented employees for overcome the career barriers faced by female health workers.
Keywords: Glass Ceiling Syndrome, Career Barriers, Female Healthcare Professionals, Female Managers