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Florida International University

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Florida International University

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University of Central Florida

Computer Science and Engineering
University of South Florida


Influences of Friends and Family on Women’s Pursuit of Computing: A Sequential Explanatory Design


The participation of female students in STEM majors, particularly computing and engineering, has remained low. In this study, our goal is to understand the most important factors influencing female students towards computing majors. We studied the impact of family and friends on four different racial groups including White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian students who chose computing majors (n=1650). The results of the study indicated friends had a positive significant role on White female students’ major decisions.

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