ERIC Number: ED229125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Sex-Role Development and Father-Absence: Comparing Meta-Analyses.
Stevenson, Michael R.; Black, Kathryn N.
This paper reports the results of meta-analysis of the literature addressing the effects of father-absence on both male and female sex-role development. Considering both published and unpublished papers, the analysis involved 33 studies of males and 16 studies of females which become available between 1958 and 1982 and which studied father-absence due to death, divorce, or desertion. Results indicated that while the effects of father-absence on boys were significant to those under 6 years of age, no significant differences were found to be associated with the age of the female subjects. In addition, significant effects appeared to be related to specific measures used in different studies. When compared to father-present children, it appeared that father-absent males were less masculine and father-absent females were more feminine according to measure of sex role preference. However, according to measures of sex-role adoption father-absent boys were more masculine, while father-absent girls were less feminine. (MP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Meta Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (Chicago, IL, May 5-7, 1983).