Sexual Aspects in the Careers of Doctors, 1993

Principal Investigator

Grete Korremann, Konsulentfirmaet,


Codebook: Variables, universes, concepts, survey design and frequency distribution



See abstract


In 1992 the Nordic Council of Ministers decided to implement a project on the competence development, promotion and leadership qualities of women. The project formed part of the Nordic Council of Ministers' action programme for equal status co-operation in 1989-1993. In this action programme the status and influence of women in various occupations was emphasized as a particularly important area. # The background of the project was that a number of surveys have mapped out that there are barriers to the promotion of women and to women reaching leading position. However, no analyses have been available which have systematically examined the careers of women and men in the same occupation. # The medical profession was chosen because there are relatively few women in top jobs, while it is a career increasingly chosen by women. This had resulted in statements expressing fear of the future prestige of the occupation, of it becoming necessary to fix quotas of male students, of certain specialist fields becoming understaffed, etc. # The survey had two main purposes: # First, it was to examine the careers of women and male doctors in order to find out whether there were any differences, which differences and at what time in the professional career these differences appeared. Previous surveys of the working conditions and living conditions of doctors had already shown that there were differences in the family situation, choice of specialist field, and number of leading positions. # Secondly, the results of the survey were to be used as the basis for an interview survey which, by means of qualitative interviews, should make an attempt at examining the differences more closely in order to find out what underlies the differences. Therefore, emphasis was put on the doctors' opinion of why women and male doctors were in different positions in the system. Unfortunately, it turned out that is was not possible to carry out the interview part. # The survey contains a comparison between a group of women and men who graduated in 1982 in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Unfortunately, Iceland had to be left out as there was not a sufficient number of doctors who completed the questionnaire


adopted child, Division of work within the family, Working life, Working conditions, Second job, Career option, Competency development, Female doctor, Gender discrimination, Management quality, Doctor's career path, Doctor's living conditions, Emergency service


Education, Labour and employment: Working conditions, Social stratification and groupings: Elites and leadership, Social stratification and groupings: Family life and marriage (including household composition and generations), Social stratification and groupings: Gender and gender roles, Society and culture: Social conditions and indicators



Geographic Coverage

Tvær-national, DK; FIN; N; S

Data set

Order data

Variables: 219
Analysis unit: Individuals, Persons who graduated as doctors in 1982.


In data set: 1000
Original sample: NA


Kind of data: Survey data

Time dimension: Cross-sectional study,

Sampling procedure: Quota sample, All women who graduated as doctors in 1982 and an equal number of men.

Action to minimize loos: NA

Data collection

Mode of collection: Mail survey

Test type:

Number of questions: 217

Data Collector: NA

Temporal coverage

Start: 1993-05-01
End: 1993-10-01


Grete Korremann, Sexual Aspects in the Careers of Doctors, 1993, Dansk Data Arkiv Danish Data Archive, 2001. 1 data file: DDA-2482, version: 1.0.0, http://dx.doi.org/10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-2482

Persistent identifier:

DOI: 10.5279/DK-SA-DDA-2482

Archive information

Received: 1997-01-01


Study state: The Danish Data Archive has fully documented and preserved the data in a long-term preservation format.
Access conditions: Publication requires permission


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Primary publications

  • Korremann, Grete, Læger og køn - spiller det en rolle?, TemaNord 1994:597, 162 pp., 1994