ERIC Number: ED206980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Progress of Self-Reported Androgynous Behavior in College Women.
Holleran, Paula R.
Although many educational institutions and private groups have offered experiences to encourage androgyny among participants, research dealing with such efforts has generally found no significant changes. The Bem Sex-Role Inventory (BSRI) was administered to 2 groups of 30 undergraduate women enrolled in the same women's studies course at the beginning of the fall 1978 and the fall 1980 semesters. At the end of the 1978 semester, the BSRI was readministered to the first group. Pre- and post-test scores for the 1978 group yielded positive, statistically significant gains in androgyny. Increases in Masculinity scores did not correspond strongly or systematically with decreases in Femininity scores, suggesting the androgyny can be stimulated and encouraged without "masculinizing" women at the expense of healthy traditional feminine traits. Comparisons of 1978 and 1980 groups found no differences in sex-role orientations, indicating that the informal impact of the women's movement alone may be incapable of fostering short-term measurable changes in the sex-role attitudes of college women. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Women in Psychology (8th, Boston, MA, March 5-8, 1981).