ERIC Number: ED201007
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Sex, Sex Roles, and Rhetorical Sensitivity.
Pearson, Judy C.
It was hypothesized that the dimensions of R. P. Hart's rhetorical sensitivity scale--rhetorical sensitivity, noble self, and rhetorical reflector--would correspond, respectively, to the categories of androgyny, masculinity, and femininity in Bem's Sex Role Inventory. The two instruments were administered to 426 college students (211 men and 215 women). The theoretical hypotheses received mixed support. Rhetorical sensitivity was shared by women with low levels of masculinity, women with moderate femininity, and men with high levels of femininity. Noble selves included women high in masculinity and women high in femininity. Rhetorical reflectors included men high in femininity. Apparently, Hart's rhetorical sensitivity scale is based on communication competence as moderation rather than behavioral flexibility; and it may be biased by the cultural preference for instrumentality. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bem Sex Role Inventory; Communicator Style; Rhetorical Sensitivity; Rhetorical Sensitivity Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (San Jose, CA, February 14-18, 1981).