ERIC Number: ED238072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Gender Communication Scale: A Scale Development of an Instrument to Measure Gender Role Behavior.
Neer, Michael R.; Hudson, David D.
To derive a descriptive profile of communication role patterns and to determine whether these patterns were gender dependent, a Gender Communication Scale was developed by selecting scale items from other instruments that best discriminated reports of role behavior. The scale was then administered to 91 male and 148 female undergraduate students. Four dimensions of role behavior were tested: role dominance, role sensitivity, role adaptability, and role flexibility. Also tested were sex role attitudes. Findings showed that biological sex was a less consistent predictor of role communication patterns than role variability. Role variability appeared to better explain development of opposite-sex friendship than biological sex. On the other hand, biological sex did appear to mediate social-role attitudes more consistently than role variability. It was concluded that the global gender stereotype frequently attributed to males and females was not consistently manifested in perceptions of communication role behavior. (A copy of the scale and tables of data are appended.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Gender Communication Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Albuquerque, NM, February 19-22, 1983).