ERIC Number: ED330021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Ms.-Conceptions: Perceived Denotations and Connotations of the Title "Ms."
Carney, A. Marie; Hamilton, Mykol C.
To see what students think the title Ms. means, and also to see what implications and impressions they attach to Ms., a study questioned 68 college students (36 female, 32 male) on their best approximations of "dictionary definitions" for the titles Ms., Mr., Mrs., and Miss. Respondents also provided personal connotations for the titles and indicated which title, if any, they preferred to use for themselves. Results indicated that while all students could correctly define the traditional titles Mr., Miss, and Mrs., only about half correctly defined the non-traditional title Ms. Although it was not unusual for connotations of Mr. to include some positive aspect, Ms. and Miss were seen as having more negative connotations. (TD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Address forms; Language Sensitivity; Student Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (37th, New Orleans, LA, March 20-23, 1991).