ERIC Number: ED206961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Changing Women's Self-Perceptions: The Impact of a Psychology of Women Course.
Harris, Roma M.
Feminist therapy, a form of psychotherapy which reflects an androgynous view of sex roles, strives to identify the constraints of traditional sex role expectations and to help women take control of their lives. Women's studies courses may also achieve similar goals. Female students (N=32) enrolled in a psychology of women course were tested to assess changes in their loci of control, sex role orientation, and level of conceptual complexity. In the two testing sessions, conducted eight weeks apart, students completed the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI), the Nowicki-Strickland Locus of Control Scale for Adults (ANS-IE), and the Paragraph Completion Test (PCT). Results showed that subjects exhibited a shift toward greater internality on the ANS-IE and greater masculinity on the BSRI; no change occurred in conceptual complexity as indicated by PCT scores. Results suggest that exposure to the course elicits changes in the content of students' cognitions about themselves, rather than in the structure of their cognitive processes. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Women in Psychology (8th, Boston, MA, March 5-8, 1981).